Video/photo team to talk Feb. 10 about work with chimpanzees

SUNY Oswego will bring husband-and-wife video and photography team Bill Wallauer and Kristin Mosher, a 1989 alumna, to campus Thursday, Feb. 10, for a multimedia presentation about their experiences documenting chimpanzee lives and behaviors.

The couple will appear at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Bill Wallauer.For 15 years, Wallauer followed the wild chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, capturing the intimate details of their daily lives for the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which is led by renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. He has videotaped chimpanzee births, dominance displays, infanticide attempts, encounters with snakes and “rain dances.” Much of his footage is unprecedented—including capturing a live birth on tape. The videographer’s infectious personality and jaw-dropping footage help audiences understand how chimpanzees are like humans, sharing 98 percent of the same DNA and many personality traits.

Kristin Mosher.Mosher is a professional wildlife photographer and sound recordist. She previously worked as a Jane Goodall Institute staff member, and continues to partner with Wallauer on production work for JGI. The SUNY Oswego alumna’s photographic work has appeared in many publications, including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine and numerous books.

Currently, the couple is working on a three-year project with Disneynature documenting the behavior of chimpanzees for an upcoming major motion picture.

Founded in 1977, JGI, http://www.janegoodall.org, continues Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior. Today, the institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Part of SUNY Oswego’s ongoing sustainability programming, the lecture is funded by the Student Activities Programming Board lecture series. The host is the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations.

Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends. For more information or for persons with disabilities needing assistance, e-mail Thad Mantaro, assistant director of the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations, at thaddeus.mantaro@oswego.edu.

PHOTO 1: Bill Wallauer, videographer documenting chimpanzee lives and behaviors

PHOTO 2: Kristin Mosher, professional wildlife photographer and 1989 SUNY Oswego alumna

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(Posted: Feb 01, 2011)

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