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Where the Forest Roars: Asian Elephants from Conflict to Coexistence along the Eastern Himalaya

 

Join The Explorers Club on Monday, February 12th to learn about the complex, and often deadly, relationship between humans and wild Asian elephants in the Eastern Himalayan region – and the steps being taken towards a peaceful coexistence.

 

While issues involving African elephants are widely known, stories of interactions between wild Asian elephants and humans receive far less attention. Currently, there is an intense conflict raging between humans and elephants throughout India, but the conflict is particularly acute in the remote foothills of the Himalaya, at the intersection of India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Each year, a disproportionate number of  humans and elephants are killed in northern West Bengal, a biodiverse and politically charged hot spot just three-quarters the size of Long Island, within sight of Kanchenjunga.

Explorers Club Fellow Kim Frank has spent six years living and working with stakeholders to try to bring awareness and find solutions to this intense conflict. Her work has resulted in four international publications, a book, and now a new documentary in development entitled “Where the Forest Roars.” Join The Explorers Club on Monday, February 12th, to learn more about this hidden and fascinating story, as Kim tries to help bring conflict to co-existence.

 

Kim’s work on Where the Forest Roars has been done in part with Explorers Club Members Jeremy La Zelle FN’19, Avijan Saha (EC50 2021), and Trevor Wallace MN’13.

 

Header photo taken by Avijan Saha EC50.


Streaming live here on explorers.org, our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook Live — Monday, February 12th at 7:00 pm ET.

RESERVATIONS

This will be an in-person lecture at Explorers Club Headquarters.

In-person tickets are $15 for Members, and $30 for the General Public.

Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Speakers

Kim Frank FN'18

Kim Frank is an award-winning storyteller and author whose work has been published in the Earth Island JournalOceanographicThe Explorers JournalMaptiaAmerican Literary ReviewSidetracked Magazine, and others. Her books include Amaze with SeaLegacy founder Cristina Mittermeier and Born to Ice with National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen.

Whether writing about an expedition to explore the Titanic and Britannic, setting the world speed record for an electric vehicle, or illuminating the human-elephant conflict in northeast India, Kim Frank’s eye for story and gifted prose brings conservation, exploration, and adventure to light. She is an Explorers Club Fellow, with an MFA from Warren Wilson and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Kim’s multimedia project “Asian Elephants: From Conflict to Coexistence” documents the human-elephant conflict in the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya. She carried Explorers Club Flag No. 71 and wore Expedition Watch No.1 from The Explorers Club Rolex Expedition Watch Program into the field.

 

Photo by Trevor Wallace MN’13

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