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Award-winning films close out Wildlife Film Festival

"Siberian Tiger Quest," which won the award for Best Human/Wildlife Interaction at the 2013 International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana, is one of two films closing out the Wildlife Film Festival at the Ukiah Civic Center this Friday, March 28 at 7 pm. This hour-long film features the work of cameraman Sooyong Park, who spent more than five years alone in the forests of far-eastern Russia and emerged with more than 1,000 hours of wild tiger footage. Park's years of work to document the life of Siberian tigers brings to light the threat posed by poachers on the survival of the small remaining population of Siberian tigers.  Also showing is "El Caballo" (30 min.), reviewing the fascinating history and ecology of the American wild horse. "El Caballo" documents with outstanding photography one of the most complex wildlife management issues today. Where do modern wild horses fit in our view of the natural world?  Both films are recommended for older children (age 10 and up).  The films will show at the Ukiah Civic Center at 300 Seminary Avenue with live music by Sheridan Malone and John Morris starting at 6:20 pm and the films beginning at 7. Tickets are available at the Mendocino Book Company and at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children.  Proceeds from the film festival are an important funding source for the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project (RVOEP), a special program of the Ukiah Unified School District that provides outdoor environmental education programs to over 2,000 students a year. For a full program of the film series and more information about the RVOEP visit its website, <> or call 472-5258.

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