Millbrook School Hosting Upcoming Keepsafe Project Event

Millbrook School is once again partnering with the KeepSafe Project to host a very special afternoon event of arts and conservation education on Saturday, October 18th.

Local wildlife conservationists have combined forces with the Trevor Zoo and local businesses around the Hudson Valley to form the KeepSafe Project, an initiative dedicated to raising public awareness of the need to conserve endangered species and their natural habitat as part of maintaining the overall health of our planet.

Dr. Laurie Marker, known around the world for her efforts in the conservation of cheetahs and their habitat near Otjiwarongo, Namibia, will be the featured speaker at a special event on Saturday, October 18th. Dr. Marker will discuss the ongoing struggle for survival of existing cheetah populations, the delicate balance between human needs and the habitat these wonderful creatures require, and conservation actions being taken to prevent the species from being lost forever. 
Paola Bari is a local Hudson Valley artist that has always been in love with felines, especially the big cats. For the last few years she has traveled to Namibia to aid in the rescue, healing, and care of cheetahs and has witnessed the morning cheetah exercise program, where the fastest land animals can reach speeds of 70 mph. With her ties to artist communities in the Hudson Valley, the KeepSafe Project emerged as Bari’s vision of joining local and remote forces to help save endangered species and their habitats around the world.
At the center of the KeepSafe Project are wooden “keepsake” boxes, symbolizing the project’s mission to keep wildlife safe by protecting them and their natural environments. Artists from around the Hudson Valley have transformed one hundred keepsake boxes into works of art in the months leading up to the October 18th event at Millbrook School.

The KeepSafe event will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Millbrook and will include a reception, refreshments, and a presentation and discussion session with Dr. Marker. Registration starts at 3:00 PM in the Holbrook Arts Center. Tickets are $20 at the door and free for anyone under 18-years-old. After Dr. Marker’s presentation guests will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of the KeepSafe boxes. Net proceeds from this effort will be shared between the Cheetah Conservation Fund and the
Lemur Conservation Foundation, organizations dedicated to the conservation of these African endangered species.
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