Tuesday, October 12, 2004

TEACHING COMPASSION FOR CHIMPANZEES

Ugandans scout schools of plenty

... Karl Schaefer, a Durham Academy computer teacher, has taken two UNITE-sponsored trips to Uganda. The aim is to improve the lives of rural Ugandans and preserve the nation's wildlife habitats and natural resources through technology and education. Schaefer's focus has been in those regions where the chimpanzee population is particularly threatened.

"We're doing conservation outreach," Schaefer said. "In order to stop the destruction of the environment, they must find ways to sustain and support themselves."

Schaefer participated in workshops with the women during his trips to Uganda in which people were taught alternatives to killing the chimpanzees that destroy crops and strategies to prevent human disease from ravaging the primates....