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‘The Last Rhino,’ ‘Firefox Guardians’ to be screened Monday

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free screening of “The Last Rhino,” winner of Best Feature Conservation Film at the 2018 International Wildlife Film Festival, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Library Hall.

If you go

What: “The Last Rhino” and "Firefox Guardians" screening
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

The film introduces viewers to Sudan, the last male northern white rhinoceros, who died March 19, 2018. His harrowing journey is told through the international cast of characters who were involved in Sudan's life, from when he was snatched as a calf from his mother's side in war-torn Central Africa, to his captivity as a prized exhibit in a cold, concrete zoo behind the Iron Curtain while poaching devastated his kind to extinction back home.

At 43 years old and half-blind, Sudan lived out his days under the 24-hour watch of an armed guard, on a protective sanctuary in Kenya. Meanwhile, a team of scientists and experts led by Professor Thomas Hildebrandt from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research turned to technology in a race against time to save this majestic rhino subspecies whose origins date back at least five million years.

The evening also includes a bonus short, "Firefox Guardians" by Gunjan Menon, winner of Best Student Film at the 2018 International Wildlife Film Festival. In a small village in Nepal, a native woman steps up as an unconventional warrior to change the unfortunate fate of the red pandas in her community forest. This film takes you on a mesmerizing journey with the first female forest guardian through remote bamboo jungles, scaling the mighty Himalayan wilderness into the hidden world of red pandas.

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