Brian Keating Brian Keating

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Head Naturalist,

Brian Keating’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, and the owner of

Brian Keating has been leading groups on nature‑based travel for three decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the Planet. He’s a weekly guest on both Calgary and Edmonton’s CBC Radio, and for many years, was a regular on the Discovery Channel, using his own wilderness adventure and wildlife filming. He’s in high demand as an international speaker, presenting at some 50 events a year.

Brian’s a pilot, a naturalist, scuba diver, mountaineer, and an author of five children’s books celebrating nature. 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.

Follow Brian Keating on Twitter @GoingWildTV.

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