Chris Morgan is an ecologist specializing in international bear research and conservation. He has studied the brown bear for over 20 years, traveling across the world to document and support their role in the environment.
Robyn Appleton had conducted the first observation study on wild spectacled bears. The founder and research director of Spectacle Bear Conservation Society Peru, she presents her findings around the world to raise awareness of their plight.
A biologist for Environment Canada, Nick Lunn devotes his career to studying the polar bear. In Churchill, Manitoba in the spring and fall of each year, he conducts his research on the causes of their endangered population status.
Wong Siew Te’s research of the smallest bear species in the Borneo rainforest is pioneering and has taken him to the most threatened wildlife habitat on earth, where he founded the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center.
At a population level of 200,000, the Brown bear is the least threatened out of all the bear species. They are a keystone species in that they help spread the nutrients from what they consume in their habitat, supporting the flourishing of flora and fauna. Brown bears occupy a great diversity of habitats than any other species of the bear and exploit a large variety of food items.
The shaggy-haired Spectacled bear are named for the light colored rings around their eyes. They are the only bear species spread across South America, where they do not hibernate due to the year-round temperate weather. They eat mostly plants and are in the mountains that go up to an elevation of 4750 meters. They are endangered due to human settlements isolating them to dry forest habitat.
The Polar bear’s habitat is unquestionably impacted by climate change. The time they spend away from the Arctic sea ice becomes longer year after year, which usually lasts about four months. Global warming delays further the forming of ice which allows Polar bears to hunt for the ringed seal – their only food source – which stresses their ability to survive.
The Sun bear is the smallest bear species in the world. Found in the tropical forests of South East Asia, the Sun bear is spoiled for choice in the rich flora and fauna that their surroundings offer. But deforestation for palm oil and timber stock are replacing an exponential amount of their habitat, and along with an active illegal trade in wild bears and their parts, the Sun bear is the fastest diminishing bear species.
With his larger-than-life presence and palpable passion for wildlife and for bears
in particular, Chris Morgan has dedicated himself to nature conservation through his various roles as host of PBS, BBC and National Geographic documentaries,
as well as spear-heading conservation organisations and founding the wildlife documentary production company
based in Washington state, which
Joe Pontecorvo’s award-winning cinematography is testament to his
outsized talent and dedication to nature conservation. His documentaries are shown the world over on Discovery Channel, National Geographic International, and PBS Nature. He writes, directs and produces as well as is the director of photography for a variety of nature channel films, and is co-founder of Wildlife Media together
with Chris Morgan.
Anne Mize spent a large part of her life in Africa, where she was a trustee for The African Wildlife Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya. As a psychologist, Anne focused on the impact of the natural world on children’s moral and spiritual development, and developed curricula in nature awareness and wilderness skills. She served as a board member of the Progressive Animal Welfare Society in Seattle, an organization focusing on wildlife rehabilitation and is one of the founding board members of Wildlife Media.
As a conservationist, John Taylor has provided financial and pro bono support to several conservation organizations. As co-founder of Wildlife Media, he devotes significant time and effort as unpaid CEO and Director to pursue and implement its vision. John believes that visual media is the most effective way to bring greater public awareness to the richness, complexity and interconnectedness of the natural world.