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MEDIA ADVISORY: Photo exhibition of animal life in the treetops of the rain forest

ATTENTION: Calendar Editors and Arts Editors

13 March 2001
Contact: Robert Sanders, Media Relations
(510) 643-6998


Assuming an amusing pose, this poison dart frog found on the Bastimentos Islands of Panama, became the cover of a 1995 issue of National Geographic. There are only 135 species of poison dart frogs left in the world today.
Photo by Mark Moffett

An exhibit of large-format color photos, many from the pages of National Geographic, documenting the secretive lives of bugs, frogs, spiders and opossums that live in the rain forest treetops. The photos, by award-winning photographer and ecologist Mark W. Moffett, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, bring a naturalist's eye to places high above the ground, home to much of the world's biodiversity.

March 16 through summer 2001. The bioscience library is open to the public free of charge during the following hours:

* Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
* Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Sunday 1 - 11 p.m.




Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library, second floor of the Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley. The library is two blocks east of the intersection of Center and Oxford streets.

Moffett is an ecologist who works and plays in the treetops, taking to the canopy several times a year on assignments for National Geographic, Natural History, Smithsonian and other large-circulation nature magazines. The photos on display in the library, ranging from cave photos of tarantula-inhabited skulls to portraits of the world's deadliest frog, reflect his work over the last 15 years. The emphasis, however, is on the unknown world in the branches above, inhabited by rare butterflies, colorful birds, bizarre beetles and deadly vipers.

The Harvard-trained scientist - the first ever to climb the world's tallest tree - established his reputation as an expert on treetop life with the 1993 book, "The High Frontier: Exploring the Rain Forest Canopy," which led to several television specials, including a PBS documentary. A professional explorer of remote lands, Moffett appeared in WIRED magazine last year in an article on people who travel too much. A lengthy list of his treetop and other adventures appeared in the December/January 2001 issue of Natural History magazine. In May, he continues his adventures on assignment in the fragile ecosystems of China, stalking the endangered panda.

Click here for a more detailed article about Moffett's photo exhibit.