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Live – Friday 21 August 1-2pm

Jungle Spirits – celebrating tropical biodiversity by Christian  Ziegler

National Geographic photographer and tropical ecologist Christian Ziegler takes us on a fascinating journey through tropical rainforests around the world, and shares the story behind his motivation for becoming a conservation photographer. Starting out at a flowering Balsa tree in his chosen home Panama, where he spent months on a scaffold he erected in the rainforest to document the diverse wildlife. We hear about Christian’s adventures in the fascinating Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, where he worked for two full years to document the altitudinal migration of animals up and down the Himalayas. Finally, he shares some pictures of the long process of photographing one of the biggest, and yet most elusive and highly endangered birds on the planet, the Southern Cassowary, in the forests of tropical Queensland.

Christian Ziegler is a photojournalist & filmmaker specializing in natural history and science-related topics. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, and has been widely published in other magazines like GEO. Christian’s aim is to highlight species and ecosystems under threat and share their beauty, and importance with a broad audience. A tropical ecologist by training, he has worked in tropical rain forests on four continents, and for 12 years was Associate for Communication with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Christian photographed “A magic Web”, an award winning coffee table book on tropical ecology on assignment for STRI, he has also published “Deceptive Beauties”, a book about wild orchids, and “Jungle spirits”, a visual celebration of the world’s tropical forests. He is a Canon Ambassador and a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers ( Christian’s work has been awarded prizes in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions, and in 2017, he was honored with the Outstanding Nature Photographer award by the North American Nature Photography Association. He has also won four World Press awards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Christian lives with his wife Daisy Dent and two kids, Freya and Benjamin, at the edge of a rain forest national park in central Panama from where he starts his adventures around the world. The other half of the year we stay in Scotland, where Daisy is a professor in tropical Botany.

In 2015 he suffered a stroke and he lost all ability to speak. Over the last four years, he has since learned to speak English again and he still is fighting for the environment!

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