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Special Event with Jim and Jamie Dutcher - The Wisdom of Wolves

The Wisdom of Wolves: Compassion. Curiosity. Family First.

The Explorers Club Wildlife Council presents a special evening with Jim and Jamie Dutcher

After six years of living in the Idaho wilderness with a pack of gray wolves—three adopted litters that bonded and gave birth to a fourth generation—Emmy Award winning filmmakers and National Geographic photographers and authors, Jim and Jamie Dutcher found their lives forever changed. Their heartwarming stories reveal intimate moments and fascinating behaviors affirming the sophisticated social world of this animal, much maligned in history and villainized in the present day. Meet the pack’s alpha and omega, share the delight of newborn pups and learn from the Dutcher’s how living with this magnificent group of teachers shaped their sense of what really matters. Join the Dutcher's for their multi-media presentation, The Wisdom of Wolves and book signing of their just released National Geographic book, The Wisdom of Wolves, Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher are universally recognized as two of America’s most knowledgeable experts on wolves. With more than 25 years of their lives devoted to eradicating ancient myths surrounding wolves, they are dedicated to sharing their unique and personal eye-witness knowledge.

During the 1990s, they lived in a tented camp in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, where they intimately observed the social hierarchy of the now-famous Sawtooth Pack. Their six year experience led to the creation of the National Geographic Society book The Hidden Life of Wolves, as well as to five other books and three prime-time television documentaries on wolves.

In 1962, Jim Dutcher began his career as an underwater cinematographer, and then as a wildlife film producer for National Geographic. Combining extraordinary camera work and the trust he gains from his subjects, Jim’s films take audiences into a world never before filmed: inside beaver lodges, down burrows to observe wolf pups, and into the life of a mother mountain lion as she cares for her newborn kittens. His work includes the National Geographic special A Rocky Mountain Beaver Pond, and ABC World of Discovery’s two highest-rated films, Cougar: Ghost of the Rockies and Wolf: Return of a Legend.

In 1991, Jim received the prestigious Wrangler Award for his cougar documentary from Oklahoma’s National Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 1995, the Governor of Idaho appointed Jim as an ex officio member of the Idaho Wolf Management Committee, where he served until 2001. As part of the wolf reintroduction initiative at Yellowstone National Park, Jim served as a consultant for the design of pack holding enclosures, and as a specialist in the handling of the reintroduced wolves brought from Canada.

Jamie Dutcher began her career as an animal keeper and veterinary technician at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. She contributed her knowledge of animal husbandry and medical care to the Dutcher film projects, and recorded the vocalizations of the Sawtooth Pack, winning an Emmy. Working together, Jim and Jamie created two of Discovery Channel’s highest rated wildlife films, Wolves at Our Door and Living with Wolves. Their television specials on wolves have won three Emmys, for Cinematography, for Outstanding Programming and for Sound Recording. The Dutchers also led three National Geographic expeditions to Alaska, working with revered wolf biologist Dr. Gordon Haber, observing pack hunting techniques and the culture of shared knowledge within individual wolf families.

In 2005, moved by the plight of wolves, the Dutchers put down their filmmaking equipment and founded the nonprofit organization Living with Wolves, seeking to re-establish the wolf in its rightful place in the American West. Since then, they have presented trusted, factual information through social media, books, educator guides for schools, films and museum exhibits to more than 30-million people worldwide, becoming the premier advocates for wolves, bringing understanding of this misunderstood and persecuted species by sharing their knowledge and lifetime of study.

Date: Tuesday, March 6

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

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

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

Student Ticket Price: $5 with a valid student ID

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