African wildlife preservationist strikes up a 'conversation'

Effective conservation is an issue in Africa -- a balance is needed to maintain a symbiotic relationship between animals and people. Experts blame existing imbalances on past efforts of isolated habitat preservation. An increasingly popular alternative is community-based conservation, which requires the assistance of the indigenous population in a given area. Jeannie Magill is the originator and co-producer of "Milking the Rhino," a documentary film that highlights the importance of maintaining biodiversity through community-based conservation. Magill talks about her interest in this topic and her work in Africa on the next episode of "Conversations from Penn State.”

“I focused community-based conservation in Africa because that's my background,” said Magill. “It's a social, a political and an economic way for people to benefit from wildlife and biodiversity, in such a way that biodiversity, the wildlife, will prosper and increase. When this works right, both humans and wildlife are benefiting from each other.”

"Conversations from Penn State" is a series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention.

The show will air on the Big Ten Network at noon Monday, May 24 and at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 25. It also will air on WPSU-TV at 9 p.m. Thursday, May 20.

The show also can be viewed at online.

Jeannie Magill has served as a consultant to the renovation of the African wing of Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History and was a Visiting Scholar with the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. She has given many educational talks and published numerous articles for travel trade newspapers and magazines. Magill has also chaired several panel discussions for the African Trade Association Congress and formerly owned and operated Westwind Safaris and Tours.

For more than 20 years, Patty Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, Satalia approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010