History, Power, Immortality, and Wildlife Demand

The Wolf Conservation Center hosted Professor Mary Ting on July 30, 2020 at 6 PM EDT for a visual historical overview of the Chinese market for wildlife products. From fauna to flora, native to exotic, farmed to wild caught, countless species are imperiled for use as household decor, fashion items, traditional medicine and wellness products, luxury food, and exotic pets, entertainment and research experimentation. This complex topic is often simplified by the media and deserving of a more nuanced examination. Her talk includes the relationship of wildlife trade to zoonotic diseases, illegal /legal products, role of marketing, how we got to this current point, positive changes, future concerns and a path forward. The talk also touches on the parallel and related US wildlife trade industry as well as non-Chinese traditional medicine markets.

About the Speaker

Mary Ting is an artist, cultural thinker, adjunct professor at John Jay College in the environmental justice program and also the studio art department.  Her research on wildlife demand history has been presented at the Asia for Animals (AFA) 2017, Jane Goodall Institute, Nepal; Explorer's Club, NYC, and a recent 2019 South African lecture tour. Her current focus is on product diversification, wildlife trade and gender. As an artist, Mary is a two-time grant recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Gottlieb Foundation grant, Lambent Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, Joan Mitchell Center, NOLA residency among others. Her curatorial credits include: ENDANGERED!; Compassion for the Animals Great and Small along with projects with Climate Working Group; City as Living Laboratory; Art in Odd Places among others.


Photo Credit: Mary Ting
Photo Credit: Mary Ting