Webinar Presenters

Dr. Sam Ferreira

After many years in the wild, Sam Ferreira shares lessons at his work places. From doing fieldwork for doctorate studies in coastal forests of KwaZulu-Natal; collecting rodents and shrews in the Eastern Cape; controlling feral cats and studying seals and killer whales at sub-Antarctic Marion Island; and planning marine reserves, doing dolphin and seabird research and eradicating alien rats in New Zealand. But Sam’s lessons are mostly African – he is African!

Sam studied elephant, lion, leopards, rhinos, hippos, all kinds of antelope and crocodiles amongst people from southern to eastern Africa.

For Sam, people and wildlife together is at the heart of sustainability and thriving landscapes. Sam published 133 scientific peer-reviewed papers, three chapters in books, a popular book, lots of technical reports, and often talks at national and international conferences as well as act as a public speaker.

He is a SACNASP professional scientist with 3613 citations, an H-index of 33, I10-Index of 82, and RG-Score of 35.89 (95th percentile). Sam’s day job is a large mammal ecologist at South African National Parks.

A collage of Goliath teachings – there is an elephant in my vegetable garden

Is it too late or are there too few? Do conservation managers make trade-offs? After all, elephants do have ecological roles. Elephants also influence other species. Elephants also influence people!  So, who should have a say and dictate how authorities should manage elephants?

Sam explores common perceptions about elephants and what they do to the environment and people.  He evaluates how facts align, or not, with many fables of elephants. These goliath teachings may provide food for thought reflecting on how humans interact with, and benefit from nature.

Date: 16 FEBRUARY 2022

Time: 14h00 (SAST)

Venue: This webinar takes place virtually over Zoom. Each attendee will receive a unique access code.

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