Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom in the field, Fongoli, Senegal
Caiman basking, Pantanal, Brazil

A New Presentation by

Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Two shows: 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA


The greatest cat in the Americas—the jaguar—is a symbol for strength, power, and wilderness. Jaguars thrive in the fabled Pantanal of Brazil, but in the Ibera wetlands of Argentina, they have been gone for nearly a century. Now one of the most ambitious wildlife projects in the world is working to bring them back—along with a Noah’s Ark of South American wildlife that was lost in a tragic era of exploitation and overhunting. Far-sighted conservationists Doug and Kris Tompkins had a vision of restoring this landscape to its primeval grandeur, and miraculously, it’s working.

Join us for a new presentation by renowned photographer Frans Lanting and his partner, Chris Eckstrom, in celebration of two wilderness areas in South America—Brazil’s Pantanal and Argentina’s Ibera. Frans and Chris recently returned from a month of travel in this unique part of the world with fresh impressions. They will regale us with their images, stories, and videos about the natural and human history of these spectacular wetlands which are home to the “giants” of South America: the giant anteater, giant otter, rhino-like tapirs, colorful macaws—the largest parrots in the world, endearing capybaras—earth’s largest rodent, and of course, the jaguar—largest cat in the Americas. Frans and Chris will share personal observations and highlight conservation successes here that inspire hope.

Special Note: Please be aware there are two shows, 3 PM and 7 PM. Buy tickets to the show you wish to attend. Tickets are not interchangeable between shows.

Proceeds will benefit the marine science education and conservation programs at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at UCSC’s Long Marine Lab.

Tickets available online:
and in person from the Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Seymour Center Members $20 / General Admission $25 / Gold Circle $45

2019 Sponsors
Ocean Sponsors:
David Morrell, Santa Cruz Real Estate-C21
Jo Lynne and Fred Jones

Coastal Sponsors:
Bay Photo Lab
Day One Solar
Karon Properties
Santa Cruz County Bank
Shirley and Allen Ginzburg

For more information about the show or how you can become a sponsor, please contact Lauren Donnelly-Crocker at the Seymour Center, 831-459-3800