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Shannon Wild: Pursuit of the Black Panther

National Geographic Live

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Wildlife photographer and cinematographer Shannon Wild is a passionate conservationist who lives in Africa but works wherever the wildlife calls. In her 15 years documenting wildlife, she’s been mauled by a cheetah, charged by an elephant, lions, and buffalo, and bitten countless times by snakes and lizards. But her most recent assignment might prove her most difficult yet: producing a documentary about a rare black panther—the only one living in 250 square miles of dense forest in southern India.

Get an inside look at the challenges and dangers of tackling an assignment in an unforgiving environment, from the narrow dirt roads to extreme weather to unexpected injuries—and worse.

Speaker Bio

Shannon Wild is an Australian wildlife photographer and cinematographer based in South Africa, working all over the world for clients such as National Geographic, WildAid,  and the UN. She is also an ambassador for various conservation organizations and the founder of Wild In Africa jewelry, which helps raise money for conservation.

Shannon has written three books, including one on reptile ecophysiology, a topic she’s passionate about which started her interest in photography. Her other two books provide instruction on animal photography.

Shannon has spent more than a year and a half in India focused on finding and filming elusive and rare melanistic leopard—referred to as a black panther. The project has meant countless hours in the forests of southeastern India battling weather extremes, incredibly dense forest, and, during filming, a spinal injury.

Her passion for protecting and documenting wildlife for the world has driven her to overcome not only her own self-imposed doubts and limits, but others’ as well.


January 29, 2020 @ 7:30 pm


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

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Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)