Join us for a captivating talk as award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker Gerry Ellis talks about his equipment while in the field; why and how he films based on subject, destination and need. He will discuss how he uses his content online and for social media to reach a wider audience, spreading the word about the survival of great apes. Hear interesting field stories and have an opportunity to ask him questions about his work in the field. You won’t want to miss this one!
This program will have two duplicate sessions: 10-11am or 1-2pm. After each session, Gerry will join Mark Toal with Lumix in-store with hands-on equipment demos.
Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Lumix.
Pro Photo Supply Event Center
1801 NW Northrup Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
The Oregon Zoo Pub Talks series, presented by Pro Photo Supply, offers a chance to hear from conservation experts in a casual setting. Each month a conservation, animal care or wildlife science professional will share their knowledge and experience saving animals across the planet, from the forests of Borneo to the skies of the Pacific Northwest. The October talk, also presented by Lumix, will feature award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker GLOBIO’s Gerry Ellis.
Humans have a lot in common with great apes, from our curiosity to our problem-solving skills. No one understands this connection better than award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker Gerry Ellis, whose multimedia project “Apes Like Us” explores the myths, history and issues we share with all great apes.
Created while filming across Equatorial Africa and Borneo, “Apes Like Us” journeys through remote rainforests and heartwarming orphan sanctuaries to explore the myths, history and issues we share with all great apes, and the people and organizations trying to save them. It is an entertaining, intelligent, humorous look at apes — gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans and humans alike.
“Great Apes are disappearing from the wild at an alarming rate,” said Ellis about his project. “One of our goals with ‘Apes Like Us’ is to tell their story and the story of the amazing people around the world who are trying, often against incredible odds, to rescue and save apes.”
Ellis has witnessed the rapid loss of global biodiversity and its impact on human and non-human lives firsthand. He began filming apes at Gombe Stream with Jane Goodall in 1990, and he has published works with National Geographic, BBC Wildlife and many more.
Tickets cost $15, doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A.
The event is located at the Oregon Zoo Cascade Crest Ballroom. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
This year’s gala spotlighted the issues facing gorillas in the wild, addressing the impact of climate change and palm oil on endangered species. The gala also officially launched 2015 as the “Year of the Gorilla”, a zoo-wide commitment of resources designed to mobilize action on behalf of gorillas. In light of that commitment the Philadelphia Zoo has recognized GLOBIO’s Gerry Ellis with its 2015 Global Conservation Prize.
This is the fifth Global Conservation Prize awarded by the Zoo. The prize acknowledges Ellis’ conservation film-work and advocacy bringing the survival plight of great apes to the public’s attention. The prize is accompanied by a $20,000 award to support Ellis’ ongoing work.
(The following is a two-minute trailer video interview with our Founder — thanks to Pro Photo Supply)
It’s been a while since our last video, but we’re back! A couple of months ago, I sat down with local documentary photographer Gerry Ellis to talk about his work and motivations. Gerry has spent more than two decades working as a photographer, filmmaker, and writer around the globe for numerous high-profile clients. He is also the founder of GLOBIO, a children’s education non-profit. From his Great Ape Diaries project to documenting the Gulf Coast cleanup, he has a wealth of photographic experience worth sharing.
The the full interview is 40 minutes here, but the 2 minute preview below should give you a nice taste of what to expect.
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For nearly 20 years, GLOBIO has been connecting kids and adults to the magic, awe and wonder of our planet. Ever evolving, we create engaging educational content to meet the challenges of understanding our world. GLOBIO works in countries across globally with education partners, wildlife sanctuaries and conservation projects to reach the public with our content and resources.