Brian Keating is Head Naturalist of goingwild.org and Honourary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoological Society, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Calgary.
Brian’s previous job at the Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world. Presently, he’s the Zoo’s Honourary Conservation Advisor to their outreach efforts, and a part time Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the U of C.
For 20 years, he’s run the Zoo’s nature-based travel program, leading over 60 expeditions to the best wildlife areas on the Planet. For two decades now, Brian has hosted a nature segment that’s featured weekly on local CBC Radio, and for some seven years, he hosted a bi-weekly national nature column on the Discovery Channel that utilized his own wilderness adventure and wildlife filming. He’s in high demand as an international speaker, presenting on the average at some 60 events a year.
Brian’s a pilot, a naturalist, scuba diver, mountaineer, and an author of five children’s books celebrating nature. Brian won the 2005 Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Award, and placed in top 10 best selling list for Canadian children’s books in 2005. He’s an Honourary Chief of a West African village which supports a hippo sanctuary. Brian has been presented with the distinguished “Canadian Hero of the Year” Award from Reader’s Digest Magazine, an Honourary Doctor of Science degree from Brandon University (2009) and an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary (2011). All three accolades were presented in recognition of his global environmental efforts. His latest documentary, “Going Wild in Madagascar”, recently aired world-wide on Discovery HD-TV. His wife, Dee, is a physician and keen naturalist who always joins him on his adventures.
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