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Night of the Big Cat

The Explorers Club Wildlife Council, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and the New York WILD Film Festival request the pleasure of your company at the Night of the Big Cat, an evening in celebration of ongoing big cat conservation efforts around the world. Enjoy food of the Indian subcontinent, with presentations from leading big cat conservators and photographers, stunning films on these apex predators, and a Q&A panel led by Marc Fowler, Chair of The Explorers Club Wildlife Council.

Hosted at The Explorers Club historic Headquarters on New York's Upper East Side, the event will run from 5:00 - 9:00 pm on Saturday, March 3rd.

Featuring appearances from:

Steve Winter became a National Geographic photojournalist in 1991. He specializes in wildlife, and particularly, big cats. He’s been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He was a two-time winner of Picture of the Year International’s Global Vision Award and won 1st prize in the nature story category from World Press Photo in 2008 and 2014. He lectures globally on photography and conservation issues and has been interviewed on CBS Nightly News, 60 Minutes, NPR, BBC, and CNN. He feels we have a great responsibility not only to show and excite the readers about the natural world, but about its fascinating people and cultures as well.

Sharon Guynup is an environmental journalist who specializes in wildlife, illegal wildlife trade and environmental crime. Her investigation, with Steve Winter, into tiger trafficking from the infamous Thai Tiger Temple was instrumental in closing it down in 2016. She is co-author of the book Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat; is a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and is a National Geographic Explorer.

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, an Explorer’s Club Resident Fellow, is a large carnivore ecologist with an expertise in using bioinformatics to investigate how humans influence carnivore behavior and ecology. She works on African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, and black bears in Western Nevada. Dr. Wynn-Grant received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her M.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She is currently a Conservation Scientist with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. She attributes her interest in wildlife and conservation from the television shows she watched as a child.

Dr. Pat Thomas is Vice President & General Curator, WCS and Associate Director of the Bronx Zoo. He has worked at the zoo since 1979. A Professional Fellow in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Pat participates in numerous AZA conservation programs. He also is a member of the IUCN’s SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group and the Conservation Planning Specialist Group’s Global Conservation Network. His current research projects include efforts to develop a herd of genetically pure bison to provide animals for restoration programs. In addition to his work at the zoo, Pat is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. He has also worked on field projects in Belize, Argentina, South Africa and the Russian Far East.

Wai-Ming Wong, Ph.D. joined Panthera in 2013 as the Tiger Program Manager and now serves as the Assistant Director of Field Programs. In this role, Wai-Ming provides technical and analytical support to the Species Directors, works directly with Panthera's President and scientific team on planning, management, analysis and communications of Panthera's field conservation activities, and manages the Grants Program. His other conservation interests include human-wildlife conflicts and conservation technology.

Dr. Howard Quigley, Executive Director of Panthera's Jaguar Program and Director of Panthera's Puma Program, focuses on the conservation of jaguars and pumas range-wide. His work with carnivores has included field studies of giant pandas in China, Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East, cougars in central Idaho, and jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal. In the 1970's, Dr. Quigley and Dr. George Schaller, Panthera's Vice President, began the world's first comprehensive and ecological study of wild jaguars in the Brazilian Pantanal. Today, working from the bottom up with local communities, and top down with political leaders and heads of national environmental agencies, Dr. Quigley now manages the world's largest team of jaguar experts, with conservation projects in 13 of the 18 jaguar range states.

Big Cats Film Festival Award Nominated Films:

Clips from Big Cats – Episode 3 from BBC One
Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib


Introduction & Trailer Presented by:
Lisa Samford, Executive Director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
Nancy Rosenthal, Executive Director of the NY WILD Film Festival

Steve Winter
Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant
Dr. Pat Thomas
Wai-Ming Wong, Ph.D.
Dr. Howard Quigley

Q&A Panel featuring the big cat experts, moderated by Mark Fowler, EC Wildlife Council

Break for Hors D’oeuvres of the Indian Subcontinent

Big Cats – BBC One Episode 3
Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib

Date: Saturday, March 3

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $35

Guest Ticket Price: $45

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Photography courtesy of: Steve Winter/National Geographic

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