May’s Wild Films features warru and spectacled bears |

May’s Wild Films features warru and spectacled bears

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free Wild Films screening of “Saving Warru,” a featured documentary from the 2018 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Library Hall.

The film by Daniel Clarke and Amy Pysden is about the warru, or black-footed rock-wallaby, one of South Australia’s most endangered mammals. In 2007, when numbers dropped below 200 in the remote central desert, the Warru Recovery Team was formed to help save the precious species from extinction. Bringing together contemporary science, practical on-ground threat management and traditional Anangu ecological knowledge, this unique decadelong program recently has celebrated the release of dozens of warru to the wild for the first time. It is a remarkable adventure in conservation and culture as the indigenous people of the wild red deserts of Australia fight to save a national icon.

The screening includes a bonus short film, “Los Osos Anteojos” (The Spectacled Bears)” by Kristen Heard. In the Andean dry forest, South America’s only native bear is struggling for survival. The Andean spectacled bear faces habitat destruction from deforestation, illegal farming and human encroachment. One organization, Spectacled Bear Conservation Society in Peru, is working to find ways for this gentle creature to exist and thrive in an increasingly threatening world.

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