Irus Braverman: Animals in the City Project


Irus Braverman

Wild Life project

Tasmanian Devil Enclosures Tasmanian Devil Maria Island Tasmanian Devil Maria Island Gila in helis Gila management, Sampling streams with electroshocker Hellbender reintroduction Hellbenders at Buffalo Zoo BFF hunting prairie dog Phil Miller in the dramatic moment of showing the results of the meta population model, pronghorn CBSG meeting

Wild Life documents a nuanced understanding of the wild versus captive divide in species conservation. It also documents the emerging understanding that all forms of wild nature, both in situ (on site) and ex situ (in captivity, may need to be managed in perpetuity. Providing a unique window into the high-stakes world of nature conservation, I describe the efforts by conservationists to save wild life. Yet in the shadows of such dedication and persistence in saving the life of species, Wild Life also finds sacrifice and death. Such life and death stories outline the modern struggle to define what conservation should look like at a time when the long-established definitions of nature have collapsed.


(2015). Wild Life: The Institution of Nature. Stanford University Press..

(2014). Governing the Wild: Databases, Algorithms, and Population Models as Biopolitics. Surveillance & Society 12(1): 15-37.

(2014). Conservation without Nature: The Trouble with In Situ versus Ex Situ Conservation. Geoforum 51: 47-57

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