Children's Education and Activities
|Isabel Dow||Elora Malama West|
Isabel Dow, born in 2002, is from Brisbane, Australia. In 2009, she became one of 12 children selected worldwide by Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors as a Joey Ambassador. Her main purpose was to bring awareness and education to her peers and others. Australia Zoo hospital treats up to 7,000 animals in any given year, ranging from injured koalas, kangaroos, green tree frogs to injured marine animals, including the threatened loggerhead turtles. She has shown remarkable passion and enthusiasm. Isabel not only represented Australia Zoo, but became passionate about all animals and because as Sea Shepherd and Australia Zoo work hand-in-hand, she attended and promotes children's perspectives at all Sea Shepherd functions and rallies where she can. Terri Irwin herself has even described her as "the rebel Joey that will be found tied to a whales back protesting one day." More and more adults are starting to believe Steve Irwin's ideology that children are tomorrow's decision makers and have just as much empowerment to change matters of the environment as adults do.
Isabel's plans include getting a Sea Shepherd program up and running called KISS (Kids in Sea Shepherd) to encourage children to get involved in matters of the environment. She also plans to raise awareness to other children about their future ecological issues. Her goal is to make it fun for kids to help make the world a better place, for animals as well as human beings.
Elora Malama West
Elora Malama is a homeschooled teenage activist. She is currently attending community college with plans to eventually transfer and pursue a degree in Environmental Journalism and Photography. In the fall of 2010 at age 16, Elora accompanied her father, Scott West, to Taiji, Japan for the first Cove Guardian campaign. They spent three months on the ground reporting everyday about the plight of the dolphins. While there Elora began a blog, A Teenage Activist: This Girl's Soapbox and encouraged thousands of people to call the Japanese embassies in their area to protest the dolphin slaughter.
Elora participated in the first ever meeting between the mayor of Taiji and the activists protesting the town's annual slaughter. She hopes to send a message to her generation that you are never too young to stand up for what you believe in. Elora wants to inspire kids to stand against cetacean captivity and protest swim with dolphin programs, and other institutions that exploit marine mammals. She believes that if you love dolphins and whales, you want to work to protect them.