Great Adventures & Explorations: Borneo, Charles Ryan
Tuesday, January 21, 2020Time 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Borneo: The World’s Most Biologically Diverse Ecosystems
Charles Ryan, Photographer, Conservationist and National Geographic Guide
Tuesday, January 21 | 4:30pm | Auditorium
Charles Ryan has been working and living in Borneo for over 11 years. Originally from the U.S., Charles arrived in Borneo in 2008 to work with rural communities creating alternatives to poaching and logging through forest restoration projects, capacity training and community tourism. He fell in love with this special and wild island, living and working among rural communities, learning the colorful history of headhunting, among other things. He was shocked by the political upheaval that divided the island between three countries and left 100,000 Bajau Laut people stateless and living on stilted houses in low-lying ocean areas. Borneo has unique flora and fauna, including the largest population of Orangutans living outside of Africa, sun bears, rhinoceros and pangolins. Many of these rare animals are now endangered because of deforestation of over 12,000,000 hectares for the palm oil industry.
When Charles is not guiding for National Geographic, he continues his work with indigenous communities. His current project is working with a village in the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, training individuals to become nature guides. In this effort to promote conservation, Charles will also share with us some of the spectacular photos from his recently published book.
General Admission: $35/lecture | All three lectures $90
Reserved Seating: $60/lecture | All three lectures $150
Sponsorship: $150/lecture | All three lectures $400