Four conservation professionals from England, Canada, US called “The Jaguars” are riding down to Mexico to attend WILD9. WILD9 and the ride of the Jaguars
Boulder, CO – Four wilderness lovers and conservation professionals from England, Canada and the U.S., calling themselves “The Jaguars,” departed Albuquerque, New Mexico on the afternoon of October 27, 2009, on a motorcycle odyssey to Merida, Mexico to attend WILD9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress, which runs from Nov. 6 – 13, 2009.
Alan Watson, WILD9 executive committee member and Leopold Institute scientist based in Montana explained why they are riding all the way down to Merida:
“One of WILD9’s themes is the relationship between people and nature — and that varies widely by culture. We wanted to put in perspective WILD9’s focus on Mexico’s nature, wilderness protection and culture by experiencing it for ourselves.”
The intrepid Jaguars are just some of the hundreds of participants in the upcoming 9th World Wilderness Congress or WILD9 which will be held in the historic city of Merida, in Yucatan, Mexico. Started by The WILD Foundation in 1977, WWC is now the world’s longest running international environmental forum participated by a broad range of people from the academe, native communities, non-governmental organizations, government, and the arts.
WWC is held every 4 years or so; previous host countries were South Africa (1977, 2001), Australia (1980), Scotland (1983), USA (1987, 2005), Norway (1993), and India (1998). The World Wilderness Congress has become the foremost international forum to discuss “complex wilderness and wildlands issues” and focused on generating “practical conservation outcomes.”
Among the prominent personalities attending the Congress this year are Dr. Jane Godall, renowned primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace, Mexico’s Pati Corzo, and Dr. Conrad Lautenbacher of the Antartic Research Support.