Wildlife’s Greatest Connection by Ken Conger

Throughout his life, award-winning wildlife photographer Ken Conger has visited dozens of national parks and wildlife refuges, documenting the candid behaviors of wildlife in their natural habitats. Over the course of his long career in wildlife protection and conservation, he’s witnessed thousands of interactions between animals of all species—but no type of interaction has been as memorable as that which occurs between mothers and their offspring. Now, he invites you to share in the experience of these fascinating moments from behind his camera lens. Using photographic techniques perfected over his forty years in the field, Conger has brought together a compilation of stunning images celebrating the diversity of the special bond that forms between mothers and their young across the animal kingdom. This collection, which features more than 100 high-quality, full-color photos, will take you from the jungles of Indonesia to the coasts of Patagonia, from the plains of the Maasai Mara to Conger’s own ‘backyard’ of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

“This is a very worthwhile collection of photographs. There is something about a mother and child that makes us smile. And the clearly expressed love between family members will touch the hearts of all those who look at these images.”

— Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, Founder,
the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace

“Ken Conger’s passion for the outdoors has resulted in a stunning collection of the best in wildlife photography . . . The sheer beauty and vivid intimacy of his images expose a side of nature that will forever embrace our fascination with wild animals, as well as how they influence our role in the natural world. Wildlife’s Greatest Connection is a gift of silent voices you may never hear but will forever remember in your heart.”

— Lee Walker, former editor of Virginia Wildlife magazine

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ken Conger knew he wanted to become a park ranger ever since he attended his first campfire program in Shenandoah National Park, at the age of ten.  After graduating with a bachelor of science in wildlife management—followed by a master of science in administration of justice—he did just that, becoming a park ranger and then a game warden with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries.  His career in wildlife protection lasted for over thirty years, including a two-year stint as a park ranger in Alaska’s famous Denali National Park.

In 2010, at the end of his time in Denali, Mr. Conger decided to move into the next phase of his career as a wildlife conservationist.  With the encouragement of his wife and previous clients, he turned his hobby of wildlife photography into a full-time occupation.  He now leads wildlife photography tour groups in exotic locations around the world, capturing images of some of the same enthralling animals featured in this book.  In this way, he hopes to continue to inspire in clients the same respect and appreciation for nature that he fostered as a warden/ranger, and to spread the message of preservation through his photographs.  His works have won awards in many photographic competitions (Popular Photography, National Wildlife Federation, Sony World Photography Organization and Photography in the Parks), and have been published in numerous calendars and magazines, including Popular Photography, National Wildlife Federation, National Forest Foundation, Ranger Rick, Virginia Wildlife and Birder’s World.

When he’s not leading tour groups internationally, Mr. Conger presents wildlife programs, participates in art festivals, teaches wildlife photography classes, and provides private photo lessons.  He shares a home with his wife in Lanexa, Virginia, where they feed birds and keep their eyes open for local wildlife while planning Mr. Conger’s next photographic journey.