Julio Solis grew up near Magdalena Bay in Baja, Mexico, where turtles were plentiful. As he got older, he watched their population decrease from over harvesting, so he dedicated himself to conservation of the reptiles. This short film by Allie Bombach and Brenda Barrera is part of a series and profiles people who are doing the best they can to change the world.
Todd McGrain believes that forgetting is a type of cultural extinction, so he aims to keep memories alive for five extinct North American birds by placing large, bronze sculptures of them in the places where these creatures were last seen alive in the wild. By reintroducing these stories into the social memory of landscapes, he hopes his sculptures will spark interest, draw people into the birds’ sad tales and encourage the prevention of future losses.
With rapid habitat loss across Asia and Africa, elephants are running out of room to roam — and, consequently, their buffer from humans is shrinking. Dag Goering and his wife Maria Coffey are trying to improve this situation by working toward enlightened conservation approaches in Asia and Africa.