The Jackson Hole The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Board of Directors is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards, Clark Bunting and Alan Rabinowitz.
The highest honor recognized by JHWFF, previous honorees include: Dr. Richard Leakey, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Jane Goodall, Dr. E.O. Wilson, Dr. George Schaller, Prof. Hans Hass, Sir David Attenborough and Gil Grosvenor.
- Lifetime Achievement in Conservation and Science: Alan Rabinowitz
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has spent most of his life devoted to the study and protection of the world’s big cats. He is President and CEO of Panthera, whose sole mission is conserving the world’s wild cats. Panthera currently focuses its conservation strategies on the largest, most imperiled cats – tigers, lions, jaguars and snow leopards – and is planning conservation strategies for cheetahs, leopards and mountain lions. Prior to Panthera, Rabinowitz served as Executive Director of the Science and Exploration Division for the Wildlife Conservation Society for nearly 30 years.
His work in Belize resulted in the world’s first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of that country’s largest protected area, its last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region’s first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas there: the country’s first marine national park, the country’s first and largest Himalayan national park, the country’s largest wildlife sanctuary, and the world’s largest tiger reserve. Rabinowitz has authored six books and nearly eighty scientific and popular articles.
- Lifetime Achievement in Media: Clark Bunting
As one of Discovery’s first hires, Bunting has played a pivotal role in almost every facet of program development and production for over 25 years. As President and General Manager of Discovery Channel and President of Science Channel, Bunting oversees the flagship network. Bunting continues to innovate the natural history genre with leadership and investment in new technologies evidenced by the highly anticipated Frozen Planet and Cane Toads. In a previous post as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Discovery Channel, Bunting oversaw a number of trendsetting new series, includingMythbusters and Werner Herzog’s Academy Award® nominated documentaryEncounters at the End of the World.
In addition to network programming, Bunting is closely involved with the network’s environmental advocacy and stewardship. As part of the original team that launched Shark Week, Bunting has long recognized the imperative for the network to be part of real issues outside of this pop culture phenomenon. In 2010, Bunting, in partnership with The Ocean Conservancy, worked closely with Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to introduce legislation to further the crusade for shark conservation awareness. Bunting also serves on the board of the American Humane Society.