Emmy-Award Winning Wildlife Documentary Filmmaker, Ginger Kathrens to appear in Tampa Bay Area

Emmy-Award Winning Wildlife Documentary Filmmaker, Ginger Kathrens to appear in Tampa Bay  Area

(Tampa, Florida) – April 20, 2017 – Emmy-Award winning producer, cinematographer, writer and award-winning author, Ginger Kathrens will be visiting the Tampa Bay Area  on April 27.  Kathrens’ revealing journey with Wild Horses has been compared to Jane Goodall’s experience with Chimpanzees. Her documentation of the wild stallion named Cloud in three films produced for WNETs Nature series on PBS, represents the only continuing chronicle of a wild animal from birth in our hemisphere.

Ginger is the Founder and volunteer Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation (TCF),  a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, that grew out of Ginger’s knowledge and fear for not only Cloud’s herd but other wild horses in the West. “I began to realize that we were losing America’s wild horses,” Ginger says. “They are rounded up by the thousands, losing in an instant what they value most–freedom and family. I realized that even Cloud and his family were in danger.”

On April 27 at 9:30 AM Kathrens will give a presentation to all 4th graders at Maniscalco Elementary School, 939 Debuel Road, Lutz, Fl. 33549.

She will also visit RJ Farms in Plant City where Robert and Jennie Sloan adopt, gentle and rehabilitate, and rehome BML mustangs.  For more information on RJ Farms visit their website at:  http://www.rjfarmslithia.com/main.html.

When the newborn foal, Cloud, tottered out from the forest with his mother on May 29, 1995 in front of Kathren’s camera, the filmaker had no idea what a profound effect he would have on her and ultimately a world-wide audience.  In the spring of 2011, Congress declared Cloud as an ambassador for all wild horses living in the American West.

Cloud represents a rare color in his Pryor Mountain home which is why he has always been released, despite being rounded up numerous times.  Unfortunately, many of his family members have not been so lucky and have been removed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) either through helicopter stampedes or bait trapping operations.

“In Cloud’s remote mountain wilderness we have a perfect opportunity to step back and watch nature call the shots. But, until we can better protect predators, a natural balance is unlikely. That is why we collaborate with BLM to limit reproduction through the field dartable, one year, reversible vaccine PZP,” Kathrens states. “We continue to fight for the restoration of historic lands so that the wild horse population can grow to at least genetically viable numbers. We could lose all wild horses in this country forever, unless we stand up for them now.”

Kathrens is also an avid wilderness trail rider, lifetime bird watcher and lover of all things wild.  She is the proud owner and co-owner of eight mustangs who reside on her Colorado ranch.

Kayah Swanson