Chris Morgan's Wildnotes

Joe in Sumatra

Coming to the end of our incredible Sumatra experience. Orangutans have stolen my heart. More pics will follow. For now, here’s one of Joe (Pontecorvo). You can tell he’s been hanging out around great apes for a few weeks! This was in an area of Aceh Province on the northern part of this beautiful island, where the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project is doing incredible things for orangutans in need. More to follow. Thanks for tuning in.

Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia



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Chris Morgan, MS
Ecologist & Conservationist




“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead. Cultural Anthropologist

Kangaroo Mob!

My latest PBS Nature narration airs on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT – it’s a totally fascinating film about kangaroos that live in suburban Australia. I loved narrating this film as the subject matter was completely new to me. I realized how little I knew about these animals and couldn’t help but compare the situation in Australia with the species we share space with here at home in Washington State, like bears and cougars. You’ll be blown away to see these roos bounding across the landscape!

Check out the trailer here!




The end of every year always brings about a time of reflection and this year is no exception.  For a baby organization (just 4 years old) we’ve already done a lot for conservation, and our BEARTREK-inspired television special ‘Bears of the Last Frontier‘ was a huge hit – it went out to 200 million homes around the world.  We’re endlessly thankful to PBS and National Geographic for making the program a big success.


We’ve published a fantastic book with Abrams Publishing for the program, a beautiful book with outstanding pictures and writing that keeps the conservation and compassion sparked with the television program alive. 


Chris got to talk about bears on Letterman, bringing Bears of the Last Frontier and conservation to the late night audience.  BBC, PBS and National Geographic are lining up to work with us more and now we’ve just learned that we won a CINE award for the Bears of the Last Frontier program.


But we still need your help. Our small team is working hard to complete BEARTREK – we plan to film our last location next year – the ARCTIC. There’s some amazing work going on out there from Greenland to Canada, Alaska to Svalbard. Our aim is to tell the story of climate change through the eyes of a polar bear family, and we are gearing up in a big way – it’s going to be such a wonderful addition to our other BEARTREK locations – Peru, Borneo, and Alaska. This picture shows Dr Nick Lunn in Canada with a young polar bear cub (check out those paws!). 


Over the last three years the BEARTREK campaign has already provided $40,000 to help his research on polar bears and climate change. 

I was interviewed by a British web TV company this morning, and I told the journalist that we are “redefining conservation”, and that “BEARTREK is as much about world peace as it is about wildlife”. She went quiet for a few moments, then took a breath and said, “I’ve never come across anything quite like this – it’s so refreshing”. 


If you’d like to be a part of something big – help us bring BEARTREK to completion. Just click here: