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Emma Stokes

Conservationist/ Wildlife Researcher

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Emma Stokes Biography

Emma Stokes doesnt do things the easy way. Her conservation successes have come in areas riddled with logging concessions, swamp forests devoid of trails, and on spreadsheets that measure wildlife results against tough business models.

Her astonishing discovery of 125,000 lowland gorillas in an partly unexplored region of Congo transformed assumptions about the critically endangered apes. New challenges find her working on behalf of another species on the verge of vanishingthe Asian tiger. In many cases, Stokes believes, conservation isnt rocket science. Its simply a matter of knuckling down, doing what we know how to do, and staying focused.

Her work with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) began in the Republic of Congo, where commercial logging activity was rapidly encroaching on remote wilderness areas, some protected, some not. WCS pioneered a conservation project working with a private logging company, local communities, and the government, she recalls. By concentrating on goals we all shared, we were able to manage and conserve wildlife populations, even ones within areas being logged.

Years of planning large-scale surveys to measure conservation effectiveness ultimately brought her to the edge of a forest so impenetrable and inhospitable, it remained virtually unexplored by humans. To Stokes, it was irresistible.

We knew this area was important for gorillas, but we never expected to find them in such high numbers, she says.

The area included large tracts of swamp forest that is permanently flooded, thus undisturbed by logging companies. Stokess team slogged their way between tree limbs, using pruning shears to open passages just wide enough to squeeze through, often sleeping on hammocks hung from exposed tree roots.

We wanted to minimize our impact at all costs, she explains. To count gorilla nests or dung you must maintain a straight line trajectory, so surveying was especially challenging. If we were lucky wed cover one or two kilometers a day.

The huge, unknown gorilla population they discovered astounded the conservation world, and catalyzed Congolese government action toward designating part of the region as a new protected area.

Although 125,000 sounds like a lot of gorillas, she cautions, that population can dwindle very quickly if its hit by an Ebola outbreak. The last known outbreak of the deadly virus occurred on land just adjacent to the survey area. We may know how to address threats from bush meat hunters and loggers, but this new danger from disease will be much harder to predict and control.

Today Stokes brings similar monitoring techniques and threat-management approaches to a major international effort to save Asian tigers. WCS and Panthera, a big cats charity, partner to run the Tigers Forever project.

Tiger numbers have plummeted," Stokes notes. "In 2010, there are only about 3,200 left in the world. Habitat loss, hunting for skins and medicinal products, and poaching of tiger prey have taken the greatest toll.

Our goal is to increase tiger populations by 50 percent in nine key sites across Asia over a ten-year period, she explains. The sites, spanning countries from Russia to India, were pinpointed for their potential to successfully foster tiger recovery. Focusing on securing these source breeding populations first will be essential to broader repopulation.

The programs classic business model is unusual for conservation. Weve set clear goals, announced them in advance, and are being held accountable, Stokes says. Getting reliable numbers on tigers, poaching, and other threats isnt an easy or straightforward task but its extremely important. It tells us whats working, whats not, and where to invest efforts. For tigers its crucial, because time is running out and resources are always thin.

Stokes is charged with coordinating across all sites, developing tools to track how tiger and prey populations increase, how poaching is effectively reduced, and how well habitat integrity is maintained. Data are gleaned from field cameras triggered by motion sensors or infrared beams. Because each tiger bears a unique stripe pattern, photographs allow conservationists to estimate population numbers. Stokes also helps sites target interventions, including better patrolling and improved law enforcement.

Although surrounded by disappearing species for more than a decade, Stokes accentuates the positive. Certain sites have achieved good traction with local government and law enforcement agencies, stabilized hunting, and seen tiger numbers increase. It gives everyone hope to see cases where populations are starting to rebound. Amid all the despair, doom, and gloom, I look for success stories. Lets understand why theyre working and apply that learning elsewhere.

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Emma Stokes Biography

Emma Stokes doesnt do things the easy way. Her conservation successes have come in areas riddled with logging concessions, swamp forests devoid of trails, and on spreadsheets that measure wildlife results against tough business models.

Her astonishing discovery of 125,000 lowland gorillas in an partly unexplored region of Congo transformed assumptions about the critically endangered apes. New challenges find her working on behalf of another species on the verge of vanishingthe Asian tiger. In many cases, Stokes believes, conservation isnt rocket science. Its simply a matter of knuckling down, doing what we know how to do, and staying focused.

Her work with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) began in the Republic of Congo, where commercial logging activity was rapidly encroaching on remote wilderness areas, some protected, some not. WCS pioneered a conservation project working with a private logging company, local communities, and the government, she recalls. By concentrating on goals we all shared, we were able to manage and conserve wildlife populations, even ones within areas being logged.

Years of planning large-scale surveys to measure conservation effectiveness ultimately brought her to the edge of a forest so impenetrable and inhospitable, it remained virtually unexplored by humans. To Stokes, it was irresistible.

We knew this area was important for gorillas, but we never expected to find them in such high numbers, she says.

The area included large tracts of swamp forest that is permanently flooded, thus undisturbed by logging companies. Stokess team slogged their way between tree limbs, using pruning shears to open passages just wide enough to squeeze through, often sleeping on hammocks hung from exposed tree roots.

We wanted to minimize our impact at all costs, she explains. To count gorilla nests or dung you must maintain a straight line trajectory, so surveying was especially challenging. If we were lucky wed cover one or two kilometers a day.

The huge, unknown gorilla population they discovered astounded the conservation world, and catalyzed Congolese government action toward designating part of the region as a new protected area.

Although 125,000 sounds like a lot of gorillas, she cautions, that population can dwindle very quickly if its hit by an Ebola outbreak. The last known outbreak of the deadly virus occurred on land just adjacent to the survey area. We may know how to address threats from bush meat hunters and loggers, but this new danger from disease will be much harder to predict and control.

Today Stokes brings similar monitoring techniques and threat-management approaches to a major international effort to save Asian tigers. WCS and Panthera, a big cats charity, partner to run the Tigers Forever project.

Tiger numbers have plummeted," Stokes notes. "In 2010, there are only about 3,200 left in the world. Habitat loss, hunting for skins and medicinal products, and poaching of tiger prey have taken the greatest toll.

Our goal is to increase tiger populations by 50 percent in nine key sites across Asia over a ten-year period, she explains. The sites, spanning countries from Russia to India, were pinpointed for their potential to successfully foster tiger recovery. Focusing on securing these source breeding populations first will be essential to broader repopulation.

The programs classic business model is unusual for conservation. Weve set clear goals, announced them in advance, and are being held accountable, Stokes says. Getting reliable numbers on tigers, poaching, and other threats isnt an easy or straightforward task but its extremely important. It tells us whats working, whats not, and where to invest efforts. For tigers its crucial, because time is running out and resources are always thin.

Stokes is charged with coordinating across all sites, developing tools to track how tiger and prey populations increase, how poaching is effectively reduced, and how well habitat integrity is maintained. Data are gleaned from field cameras triggered by motion sensors or infrared beams. Because each tiger bears a unique stripe pattern, photographs allow conservationists to estimate population numbers. Stokes also helps sites target interventions, including better patrolling and improved law enforcement.

Although surrounded by disappearing species for more than a decade, Stokes accentuates the positive. Certain sites have achieved good traction with local government and law enforcement agencies, stabilized hunting, and seen tiger numbers increase. It gives everyone hope to see cases where populations are starting to rebound. Amid all the despair, doom, and gloom, I look for success stories. Lets understand why theyre working and apply that learning elsewhere.

Emma Stokes Videos

  • Emma Stokes: Imagine a world without tigers

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  • How to book Emma Stokes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Emma Stokes for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Emma Stokes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Emma Stokes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Emma Stokes?

    Booking fees for Emma Stokes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Emma Stokes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Emma Stokes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Emma Stokes for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Emma Stokes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Emma Stokes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Emma Stokes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Emma Stokes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Emma Stokes for your event is available upon request. Emma Stokes generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mireya Mayor, Tundi Agardy, Andrés Ruzo, Shafqat Hussain and Kristofer Helgen. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Emma Stokes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Emma Stokes: Imagine a world without tigers

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