Archive for the ‘Recommended’ Category

Recommened Reading: “Thinkers Of The Jungle”

April 30, 2008

Orangutan with Spear

The picture above comes from the new book “Thinkers Of The Jungle” by Gerd Schuster, Willie Smits and Jay Ullal.

As you can see, a male orangutan has used a long pole as a tool to spear and hunt for fish!

The picture was captured in Borneo on the island of Kaha. Conservations use the area to reintroduce and rehabilitate apes into the wild.

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Recommended: Beautiful Wildlife Photography

January 31, 2008

The BBC recently picked its favorite wildlife photography from 2007 and two of the pictures are breathtaking in color and composition…

Arctic Fox

Bullfrogs

Click here to see the other pictures.

Recommended Visit: the American Museum of Natural History’s Dioramas

November 4, 2007

One of my favorite spots in New York City, in addition to the Bronx Zoo, is the American Museum of Natural History. The Museum always has wonderful temporary exhibits, but I still get excited by the amazing habitat dioramas that are central to the spirit of the great museum. They bring you up close to beautiful wildlife, a rare treat and often difficult to do while visiting a zoo. Sadly, some of the dioramas depict scenes that no longer exist due to the encroachment of man on animal’s territories.

On a recent visit, I wanted to capture some of the excitement of these beautiful dioramas. The first set of pictures below features animals from the Akeley Hall of African Mammals.

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Ostriches:

Ostrich at AMNH

Nyalas:

Nyala at AMNH

White Rhinos:

White Rhinoceros at AMNH

Gemsbok:

Gemsbok at AMNH

African Elephant:

African Elephant at AMNH

Impalas:

Impala at AMNH

Recommended Reading: Andrew Zuckerman’s Majestic Book “Creature”

October 29, 2007

We’ve come across yet another great book with beautiful wildlife photography. (See our previous posting on Nick Brandt’s “On This Earth.”) Photographer Andrew Zuckerman has just introduced “Creature” featuring 175 amazing photographs.

Creature Cover

 

Zuckerman’s style is minimalistic (just like our packaging!) and focuses the viewer on the striking beauty of animals from all around the world. In addition to the African Lion, Mandrill, and Dove pictured below, some of the creatures include horned frogs, screech owls, and spotted hyenas. Each animal is photographed in front of a white background. It’s a great book for animal lovers and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it.

Creature Lion

Creature Mandrill

Creature Dove

Recommended Viewing: Nick Brandt’s beautiful book “On This Earth”

October 20, 2007

Nick Brandt’s “On This Earth” was published two years ago, but I just discovered his amazing work photographing wildlife in East Africa. The book is available on Amazon.com, and you can view (and buy) many of the prints by following this link to a gallery’s website.

Nick’s style creates an intimacy with majestic wild creatures — baboons, buffalo, cheetahs, egrets, elephants, giraffes, leopards, lions, rhinos, widlebeest, zebra, and more great animals. A small selection is below.
Elephant Drinking

Portrait of a Grevy’s Zebra

Recommended Reading: Alan Rabinowitz’s “Life in the Valley of Death”

October 2, 2007

An upcoming book by Alan Rabinowitz — “Life in the Valley of Death” — is a must read for those who appreciate adventurers dedicated to the preservation of wildlife.

Alan is the executive director of the Science and Exploration Program (SEP) at the Wildlife Conservation Society. The New York Times describes him as the “Indiana Jones of wildlife science” because of the many risks he’s taken to protect endangered mammals. Alan’s new book, coming out in November, will share his most dangerous adventure — creating the largest tiger preserve in the Hukaung Valley of Myanmar (also known as Burma).

Unfortunately for Alan and the tigers, bitter and divisive politics is just as dangerous as the lush and harsh landscape.

And at the same time, Alan’s journey is further challenged by his own personal battle against cancer.

It’s recommended reading and I can’t wait to turn the pages in a few weeks…

Life in the Valley of Death

Recommended Reading: Will the Albatross Become a Dodo?

September 9, 2007

If you have several minutes, I highly recommend this beautiful article — “The Amazing Albatrosses” — just published in the wonderful Smithsonian magazine.

There are 21 albatross species — and only 2 are not vulnerable or endangered!

This gorgeous photo…
Albatross
… that accompanied the article reminds me of the extinct Dodo birds in our collection:
Dodo

The sub-headline from the article is a great tease to get you to read the whole thing:

They fly 50 miles per hour. Go years without touching land. Predict the weather. Mate for life. And they’re among the world’s most endangered birds. Can albatrosses be saved?

Here’s a bit more about this magnificent bird:

Albatrosses are among the largest seabirds. The “great albatrosses,” the wandering and royal albatrosses, have the widest wingspans—ten feet or more—of any living bird…

Albatrosses are masters of soaring flight, able to glide over vast tracts of ocean without flapping their wings. So fully have they adapted to their oceanic existence that they spend the first six or more years of their long lives (which last upwards of 50 years) without ever touching land. Most live in the Southern Hemisphere, the exceptions being the black-footed albatross of the Hawaiian archipelago and a few nearby islands; the short-tailed albatross, which breeds near Japan; the waved albatross of equatorial Galápagos; and the Laysan albatross of the North Pacific.

Recommended Viewing: Blue Planet on Discovery Channel

August 21, 2007

Earlier this year, Discovery Channel introduced the United States to “Planet Earth.” It is widely believed to be one of the most amazing and beautiful productions on animal wildlife ever made.

The same production team now brings “Blue Planet” to the USA for the first time. Blue Planet originally aired in the UK in late 2001 — so it’s taken almost six years to make its way across the ocean! The series is comprised of eight episodes that each deeply examine a certain aspect of marine life. Much of the footage had never been seen or captured. Blue Planet took nearly five years to make and spanned approximately 200 filming locations!

Below is a video clip from the episode on Frozen Seas:

Recommended Visit: Noah’s Ark at the Skirball

April 29, 2007

Noah’s Ark at the Skirball FRONT

An amazing exhibit will open in Los Angeles in the middle of this summer. The Skirball Cultural Center has transformed its children’s space into a beautiful Noah’s Ark and embraced the relevance of the story across many cultures.

The NY Times has put together a nice profile of the exhibit, the artists, and the architects in “Giving Life to Found Objects, Two by Two.” Some excerpts:

“The zoo of an installation fills the second floor of the Skirball’s south hall. At 75 feet wide and 17 feet tall, the wooden ark will accommodate up to 125 visitors at a time when it opens to the public on June 26.

When Mr. Green walked around the ark during a moment of quiet before a round of focus groups, puppetry rehearsals and operational tests, the animals owned the place. There were more than 300, representing some 150 different species — from a giant tortoise made of a basketball hide to a green anaconda made of upholstery springs. Most come, as you would expect, in pairs. Outside the ark sit pairs of small foam penguins, giraffes and other animals, which kids can load onto a ramp to send into the ark. Inside, animals hang from all levels and sit in its boxy compartments. Deeper into the structure, past a bridge, the wood of the boat looks worn. Time — maybe the 40 days and 40 nights of the Bible — has passed. The rabbits have multiplied.”

The exhibit took six years and $5 million to create. Like Noah’s Pals, the Skirball Cultural Center is focusing on the animals and the importance of wildlife conservation. The exhibit opens on June 26, 2007 and tickets go on sale June 1. It is a must visit for children and adults in Southern California.  (And when you visit, be sure to look for Noah’s Pals at the Audrey’s Museum Store in the Center!)

Click here to see a NY Times video on the exhibit.

Noah’s Ark at the Skirball - Rainbow

Recommended Viewing: Planet Earth on Discovery Channel

March 29, 2007

Over the last few Sundays, I have been watching “Planet Earth” on the Discovey Channel. Quite simply, it is the finest production on animal wildlife I have ever seen.

The series is co-produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel and originally aired in the United Kingdom last year. The eleven episodes look closely at Earth’s natural habitats and the natural behavior of wildlife. The images captured are amazingly beautiful with action recorded through the camera lens that had never been seen by human eyes before. For example, the clip of the snow leopards pursuing markhor in the Himalays.

Below are a few more clips from “Planet Earth” that are hosted on YouTube. But I highly recommend watching the series in high definition format to truly appreciate the stunning camera work.