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The Puma Years: Book launch with Laura Coleman & Nena Baltazar
3 June 2021
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Please join ONCA and CIWY for the online launch of The Puma Years, published by Little A.
ONCA is delighted to host author Laura Coleman in conversation (via Zoom) with Tania ‘Nena’ Baltazar, founder and president of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY). Jon Cassidy, CIWY secretary of international relations, will translate.
In The Puma Years, ONCA founder Laura shares the story of her liberating journey in the Amazon jungle, where she fell in love with a magnificent puma who changed her life, at the same time as finding a life-long home with CIWY. Set against a turbulent and poignant backdrop of deforestation, the illegal pet trade, and forest fires, The Puma Years explores what happens when desperate creatures in need of rescue find each other.
CIWY is the leading organisation in Bolivia for the care of rescued wild animals, seized from illegal trafficking. CIWY fights to end the animal trade through educational programs, research projects and public actions. During this conversation, CIWY’s president Nena will discuss the challenges and pitfalls of running a frontline NGO in apocalyptic times.
The conversation between Nena and Laura will be followed by a reading from The Puma Years and a short Q&A with the author.
Proceeds from The Puma Years are supporting CIWY’s work fighting the illegal wildlife trade, supporting local communities and providing safe homes to those who need them. If you too would like to help, either by volunteering or making a donation, please visit CIWY’s website: www.intiwarayassi.org.
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