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A Life in the Wild

May 15, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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May 15 – September 5

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May 15, 2021


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Baker Exhibit Center

A Life in the Wild  features more than 30 large-format images from award-winning nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen, who has devoted decades of his life to documenting wild places across the globe and the remarkable creatures that inhabit them. For this traveling retrospective exhibition of his works, Mangelsen has hand-selected several legacy photographs from his portfolio of more than 40 years, during which time he has captured thousands of breathtaking images of wildlife under natural — and sometimes harsh — conditions. With subjects ranging from black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains to plains zebras in the savannas of East Africa, this collection of photographs serves to remind us all to slow down and take a moment to connect with nature near and far. Named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, among other accolades, Mangelsen has his work featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C..

A Life in the Wild is on display daily, May 15 – September 5, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Baker Exhibit Center. Face coverings are required for visitors ages 5 years and older.

Thomas Mangelsen pays the Arboretum a virtual visit!  Join us online Thursday, August 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as the photographer talks about the prolific 40-year career that has taken him to the last of the world’s wild places. You can even submit your questions in advance to adulteducation@ncarboretum.org  

This event is free, but participants must register in advance and capacity is limited. The visit is offered courtesy of The North Carolina Arboretum Society. Donations are welcomed and support conservation-centered educational programming at the Arboretum.

Exhibit support for A Life in the Wild is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society, Asheville Citizen-Times, Biltmore Farms HotelsGasperson Moving & Storage, RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine

THOMAS D. MANGELSEN – A LIFE IN THE WILD, produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.