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"I Bought a Rainforest"
CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES, Wildlife Photographer
Wednesday, April 26 - 7:00pm   | BUY TICKETS

“I am constantly staggered and inspired by nature both in its design and its beauty. It’s led to a life long obsession to understand, document and save it.”—Charlie Hamilton James

Discover what it’s like to live in—not just visit—two of the world’s great wildlife parks. Charlie Hamilton James has been shooting in Peru’s Manu National Park—the most bio-diverse place on Earth—for more than two decades. Fiercely motivated to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants, he bought a piece of land adjoining the park—only to discover that he had purchased an illegal cocaine factory along with it. His misadventures as an Amazonian landowner were documented in the BBC Television series, I Bought a Rainforest.

More recently, Charlie has been living in Yellowstone, America’s original wildlife park, for the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service. For a forthcoming National Geographic story, he has gone beyond the park’s boundaries, creating a portrait of the larger ecosystem that Yellowstone supports.

Join this critically acclaimed photojournalist as he recounts his unlikely journey from the Peruvian rainforest to the mountain landscapes of Yellowstone—plus a sneak peek at his latest project, inside Tanzania’s Serengeti.


Photo Credits: Brian Skerry (Whale and Diver), Mauricio Handler (Skerry Portrait), Adam Clark (Greenland), Adam Clark (O'Neill Portrait), Charlie Hamilton James (Macaws)


National Geographic Live is a new speaker series featuring award-winning photographers, filmmakers, scientists, and explorers who go on assignment for National Geographic's popular magazine and channel. 

While sharing their personal stories of adventure, the speaker presentations will also include video and photography on a 55 foot wide on-stage screen. Get the behind-the-scenes look at National Geographic - an unparalleled experience that is both entertaining and educational.  



$19.50 per ticket

One ticket per student – elementary through college aged students. Maximum purchase of 9 tickets.

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