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Wildlife Speakers

Conservation Forum – National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Special Venue: The Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Boulevard, Houston, TX 77004 buy-tickets-white-button $15 Members. $20 Non-members. All sales final. PhotoArk logoTwin giant panda cubs, 100 days old, at Zoo Atlanta. It takes just one to build an Ark. More than half of the world’s species are threatened with extinction, and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to photograph every captive species on Earth for the Photo Ark. After nine years, thousands of species are on board so far. In this presentation of photos, videos, and amazing stories, go behind the scenes with Joel as he travels around Asia to photograph creatures unlike any you’ve seen before. Things can go wrong—and often do—but getting up close and personal is what it’s all about. From hilarious to poignant, you’ll get the inside scoop on your favorite Asian species like pandas, tigers, elephants, and other animals that are on the brink of extinction. There’s never been a better time to save the world, and as Joel says, “When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” ONA007-00064 About Joel Sartore
Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, and a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Joel’s focus is documenting endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving. He has written several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky. In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to Audobon Magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and numerous book projects.

Presenting Partner:

asiafooterlogo_inverted Asia Society Texas Center is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Additional support provided by Asia Society contributors and members.

Dr. Arnaud Desbiez, Giant Armadillo Researcher

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Free event, RSVP below
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., speaker begins at 7 p.m.
Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo

5. Schafer_release Ever heard of a Giant Armadillo? Come and hear about what is being done to save this incredible species from extinction. get-tickets-button

Peter Blinston, African Painted Dog Researcher

An evening of wine and wild stories of African painted dogs

Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Brown Education Center at the Houston Zoo

Painted Dogs

African Painted Dog researcher Peter Blinston fell in love with these unique dogs while watching documentaries growing up in his native England. He has been working to protect painted dogs for twelve years now and serves as Managing Director for Painted Dog Conservation.

Painted Dog Conservation is based in Zimbabwe and works to save the African painted dogs from extinction through anti-poaching units, rehabilitation of injured dogs, re-introduction of these dogs into the wild, monitoring of various packs, and education of local communities.

Join us for an intimate evening of wine and stories of protecting the endangered African Painted Dogs in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.


$30 Members. $35 Non-members. All sales final.

Speaker Events Sponsored By

The Tapeats Fund
The C.T. Bauer Foundation
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