Detroit Zoo Event - A Life in The Wild - Thomas D. Mangelsen
Detroit Zoo Event - A Life in The Wild - Thomas D. Mangelsen

A Life in the Wild – Thomas D. Mangelsen

June 19 6:30-8 p.m.$25

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Exhibition Opening, Lecture and Book Signing

The Detroit Zoological Society invites you to celebrate the opening of A LIFE IN THE WILD, an exhibition with a special lecture and book signing by renowned American nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen, on Wednesday, June 19, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center.

Mangelsen has traveled throughout the world for nearly 50 years observing and photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. In this slide lecture, he will discuss his life’s work and advocating for wildlife across all seven continents.

A LIFE IN THE WILD showcases 40 of Mangelsen’s signature, award-winning photographs of landscape and wildlife. Polar Dance, for example, is a whimsical portrait of polar bears appearing to prance in the Arctic that National Geographic called one of the most important of our time for getting viewers to ponder the consequences of climate change. The exhibition will be viewable for guests attending the lecture.

The lecture is open to the public; however, due to limited space, tickets must be reserved in advance. Online sales will close at 3 p.m. on the day of the event. Tickets are $25 and include the lecture, the LIFE IN THE WILD exhibit, light appetizers and one drink ticket. Check-in will begin in the Ford Education Center lobby at 5:30 p.m. and the theater will open for seating at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Detroit Zoological Society’s wildlife conservation programs.

A book signing will take place immediately following the lecture. A limited supply of Mangelsen’s latest book, “The Last Great Wild Places”, will be available for purchase at the event.

Visit to view the entire Mangelsen portfolio.

Thomas D. Mangelsen – A Life in the Wild | Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. | David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director