Ecotourism Ended the Traditional Lives of Uganda’s Batwa Pygmies
Part of the Fall 2018 Animal Matters Seminars: Human-Wildlife Conflict Seminar Series
presented by Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy
Speaker: Tony Schwartz, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Sole Proprietor, Tony Schwartz Photography
Professor Emeritus, Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
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Before devoting himself fully to photography, Dr. Tony Schwartz was an academic veterinary surgeon and immunologist, and most recently served as professor of surgery and associate dean at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University until he retired in 2005.
In December 2017 he returned to Buhoma, in southwestern Uganda, from which, in 2006, he had trekked to see the Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, now a national park. In 1992, the Batwa Pygmies, who also had lived in that forest for thousands of years, were evicted from there to protect critically endangered mountain gorillas and gorilla ecotourism.
In this presentation, Dr. Schwartz will discuss the Batwa issue in Uganda, how best to protect wildlife while serving the needs of the human community, and how his photographic endeavors have brought together not just animals, people and the environment, but with a veterinary medical addition to it.
Members of the public are invited to this seminar at no charge. Join online or on campus.
Made possible by the generous support of: Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund
About Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy is to conduct and encourage the study of complex issues surrounding the changing role and impact of animals in society. The Center supports the development and dissemination of research driven policies, programs and practices that benefit both people and animals.
Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.