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Public Lecture Series featuring Thomas Mangelsen & Todd Wilkinson

An Evening With the Most Famous Grizzly Bear Mama in the World: Will Grizzly 399 Survive?

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The Harrowing Life and Death Saga of Humans and Grizzly Bears in America's Most Iconic Ecosystem. In their new critically-acclaimed book, "Grizzly: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone," Todd Wilkinson and Tom Mangelsen tell a dramatic tale of life and death involving people and grizzlies. Their story focuses on Grizzly Number 399, a wild bruin in Jackson Hole with a global fan club, yet her struggle and those of her cubs speaks to the mortal challenges bears face in the modern world. Soon, the federal government will announce its intention to remove the Yellowstone ecosystem's legendary grizzlies from longstanding protection under the Endangered Species Act. There are also plans in Wyoming to recommence a controversial trophy sport hunt of these iconic animals. If grizzlies are to survive, are we as humans willing to give them the tolerance and space they need?

The awe-inspiring grizzly bears of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are the most famous wild bruins in the world. Every year, millions of people and generations of travelers make special pilgrimages to the northern Rockies just to catch a glimpse of these powerful, breathtaking animals in their natural habitat. Celebrating the most famous family of grizzly bears in the world — matriarch 399 and her offspring with millions of fans the world over — renowned nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has been tracking and photographing them for 10 years, amassing an incomparable portfolio that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of this celebrated bear family.

The work is a stunning monograph that presents Mangelsen’s remarkable collection alongside text by environmental writer Todd Wilkinson to tell the story of this family of bears and their struggle to survive in the backyard of America in the wake of pending legislation that may remove grizzlies from federal protection, making them vulnerable to trophy sport hunting in the not so distant future. With more than 150 breathtaking images, this is a dramatic tale of life and death, near annihilation and survival, and the relationship between people and grizzly bears. What happens here, now, has profound implications for the persistence of other species on every continent.

Thomas D. Mangelsen is among the most distinguished natural history photographers in the world, and his honors include being named Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography. His work has been published widely, including in National Geographic and American Photo, as well as exhibited in museums and galleries. Todd Wilkinson is a professional journalist and the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed Science Under Siege: The Politicians’ War on Nature and Truth.

Date: December 14, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

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

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ valid student ID

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