NACO, AZ — If John Davis thought that the dignitary-‐like reception he received from wildlife corridor enthusiasts in Sonora and Chihuahua was thrilling, he’ll be equally pleased when he reaches the U.S.-‐Mexico border at Naco, Arizona on February 28. His crossing at one of the U.S.’s most heavily walled‐off and obstructed wildlife pathways will feature many partners from both countries carrying a 200-‐foot-‐long banner featuring the jaguar, followed with a traditional blessing ceremony by Yaqui tribal members.
“I’m hoping the fact that I can’t just hike from one country to the other without running into a 16-foot-high steel barricade will highlight the plight of animals trying to follow their traditional pathways across the border,” said Davis. “I know the wall is there for a reason, but when you try to keep people out with solid barriers, you also cut off wildlife movement.”
Davis will be available for media interviews during his border crossing activities, and will also be available for media interviews and as the featured speaker at a Tucson TrekWest celebration March 2 at Tucson’s “Historic Y” from 4-‐6 p.m. sponsored by Wildlands Network and local southern Arizona partners, Defenders of Wildlife and Sky Island Alliance.
See trekwest.org for detailed information on all Davis’ Mexico adventures, his colorful regular blogs, posts and tweets, trail route maps and a “Say Yes to Wildlife Corridors” petition to be delivered to U.S. decision-‐makers at the end of the trek
by sponsor Wildlands Network. To schedule an interview, contact Kim Vacariu at 520-‐558-‐0165 (office); 520-‐390-‐3969 (cell) or <firstname.lastname@example.org>