DOCUMENTARY 

STARS OVER WATER /

How "eco" is ecotourism? Stars Over Water is a case study of endemic species tourism. Deep in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in Waikato, New Zealand lies a fragile species that millions flock to see every year, but human presence has caused their populations to decline for multiple reasons. This short focuses on how the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Company took action to lower their impact, setting an example for the global convservation tourism community.

50 POUND DOGS WITH 100 POUND HEARTS /

The Iditarod is a 1200 mile sled dog race across the frozen topography of Interrior Alaska. In the past years, many have questioned if this Last Great Race is humane. 50 Pound Dogs With 100 Pound Hearts poses this question to 4 time Iditarod champion Martin Buser, a repeat winner of the races Humanitarian Award. Buser opens the doors of his Happy Trails Kennel to demonstrate the exemplary care of his animals.

CAGING THE WHITE WHALE /

The humane nature of keeping animals in captivity has always been a touchy subject that has plagued humans. Research/exhibition facilities like the Georgia Aquarium claims to hold animals in captivity as part of a conservation effort, but what exactly constitutes captivity as conservation? GA applied to have 18 live caught beluga whales transfered to their already packed facility in 2012, to keep two and distribute the rest among their "conservation partners." These partners include two aquariums and 3 Sea World Parks. Caging the White Whale examines the two sides of research exhibitions, and if these 'conservation' efforts are doing more damage than good.

© 2023 by Karlyn Matson. 

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