√ Feb. 8: Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant, ‘The Secret Life of Bears’
√ March 3: Mireya Mayor, ‘Pink Boots and a Machete’
√ May 5: Vincent Musi, ‘Where the Wild Things Live’
The “National Geographic Live” series will return in 2022 with three more speakers sharing perspectives on the natural world. The series takes place in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall, offering audiences the chance to hear directly from the explorers, photographers and experts who develop the content that appears in the magazine, on the television channel, and on every other platform where National Geographic has a presence. Audience members experience their stories directly through dynamic photographs and film/video via state-of-the-art projection.
The season kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant and “The Secret Life of Bears.” Wynn-Grant has dedicated her life to ecological research and conservation. As a scientist with National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places Initiative, she works to protect and restore iconic wildlife populations, including North American black and grizzly bears, but when the wilds lands are crisscrossed with roads, fences and ranches, how can bears and humans coexist peacefully? She intends to find the answer!
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, primatologist and conservationist Mireya Mayor will present “Pink Boots and a Machete.” Hailed as a “female Indiana Jones,” and an inspiration to young women interested in science and exploration, Mayor has been charged by gorillas, chased by elephants and survived poisonous insect bites in some of the wildest and most remote places on earth. She will share stories, images and film clips of her adventures in this behind-the-scenes look at the hardships and danger of life in the field, along with the moments of discovery that make it all worthwhile.
The speakers series concludes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, with photographer Vincent Musi and “Where the Wild Things Live.” For more than 30 years, award-winning National Geographic photographer Musi has covered diverse assignments – from traveling Route 66 to global warming, life under volcanoes and Sicilian mummies. But an unusual twist of fate has led him to the highly unpredictable world of animal portraiture. Musi gets close – almost too close – to his unique subjects, despite the fact they growl, bark, roar, bite, hiss, claw, poop and pee on him. With his trademark witty sense of humor, he taps into his inner Dr. Doolittle as he shares stories from his encounters with some of the most extraordinary animals in the world, including a bonobo with a 300-word vocabulary and a crow that makes and uses tools.
Joe Priselac, CEO of P&A Group, said,” We are proud to help bring the ‘National Geographic Live’ series to Buffalo. This informative and entertaining series helps inform people in a very approachable format.”
Hadley Exhibits CEO Ted Johnson said, “The presentations we get through this series are spectacular and gives us first-hand insights about the wild world of animal and nature around us.”
A subscription ticket to all three events is $90, while single event tickets are $35. Student tickets are $15. A VIP ticket includes special seating and a meet-and-greet with the speaker for $150 for all three events or $55 for single events. All tickets are subject to a $2 Kleinhans facilities fee and additional handling changes.
For tickets, call the Kleinhans box office at 716-885-5000 or visit www.kleinhansbuffalo.org.