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Public Lecture Series with Ed Warner

Running with Rhinos

Stories from a Radical Conservationist

Why would a wealthy former oil/natural gas explorationist and geologist from Colorado repeatedly go to Africa — not for white-gloves-and-high-tea safaris or choreographed big game hunting expeditions, but to risk life and limb in the bush, alongside a colorful cast of dedicated veterinarians, biologists, and locals? To make a real difference and to help save some of nature’s most majestic and most endangered creatures—the rhinoceros.

On one side of the world, the rhinos are dying. Last year, 1200 were killed by poachers in South Africa alone.

Warner will recount his experiences from more than a decade of exceedingly dangerous volunteer work in Africa with such organizations as the World Wildlife Fund’s Rhino Conservancy Project (or “Rhino Ops”), the Sand County Foundation, and the International Rhino Foundation. Informing all of his work is Warner’s core philosophy of radical conservation: that when both the land and landowner flourish and end up better because of their partnership, there is conservation—but when one or the other does not flourish, there is not.

From jet-washing a sedated rhino and helping to drill its horn for a transmitter implant, to close encounters with elephants, pythons, wild dogs, lions, and a host of larger-than-life human characters, Warner paints vivid and entertaining pictures of his experiences in Africa. His voice is as earthy as the land and work he so loves, and he tells his stories in a style befitting his own Damon Runyon-esque persona. They are all shared in a new book, Running with Rhinos: My Life as a Radical Conservationist.

Ed Warner is a noted philanthropist and conservationist. In his career as an exploration geologist, he discovered and participated in development of the Jonah/Pinedale Fields, the third largest natural gas accumulation in US history. Since leaving the natural gas business in 2000, he has pursued philanthropy and volunteer work full-time.

“Dr. Warner” earned a BS from Colorado State University, an MS from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Colorado State. In 2005, Colorado State named the College of Natural Resources after him. He has lectured on geology and cooperative conservation at numerous universities. He also writes book reviews for the Denver-based Bloomsbury Review.

Currently, Warner is a Trustee of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, a Director of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and the Sand County Foundation. Part of his present volunteer work involves underwater coral reef surveys on remote islands in Indonesia and Micronesia with the Nature Conservancy. His previous service includes having been a Trustee of the Geological Society of America Foundation and the American Geological Institute Foundation.

Date: Monday, June 6th

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

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

Member Ticket Price: $10

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