Jonathan Kingdon to Launch New Books at N.C. Zoo
Jonathan Kingdon, whose books and illustrations of East African mammals have served as a reference for zoologists worldwide for more than three decades, will launch a new six-volume update of his landmark publications at the North Carolina Zoo.
Kingdon, a professor with the Zoology Department at Oxford University in England, is a long-time friend of N.C. Zoo Director Dr. David Jones and chose to launch the revised version of his pioneering publication during a series of appearances at the State Zoo and in Asheboro. More information in press release
"Bear and Shaman" Sculpture Dedication- October 1, 10:30 a.m.
Dedication of Jonathan Kingdon's sculpture the "Bear and Shaman" installed near Grizzly Bear Exhibit at North Carolina Zoo.
An Exhibition of Jonathan Kingdon's Art - Sep. 26 to Oct. 3
Artist's reception - Tuesday, October 1, 5:30-7:30
Free and open to the public
Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203
Aardvark to Zebra: A Lifelong Journey
Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m
Lecture by Jonathan Kingdon - Free and open to the public
Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27203
Jonathan Kingdon Biography
Jonathan Kingdon is the world’s greatest living authority on the mammals of Africa. Born in Tanzania, he developed a broad interest and skill in both the arts and in zoology at an early age. His attachment to Africa has been life-long. While Professor of Art at Makerere University in Uganda, he combined both skills in scientific writing and in illustration which found its zenith in the publication of his seven-volume “East African Mammals”, widely considered as one of the finest scientific publications of the 20th century. Kingdon’s work spans from extraordinary craftsmanship, sculpture and painting to inventive writing on zoology, anthropology and biogeography. His paintings and sculpture derive from his study of nature’s visual signals. The way in which patterns and optical effects have evolved and been elaborated by fish, birds or monkeys have been a fruitful source of imagery in his work, as well as providing him with this unique crossover between his prime interests of the two disciplines of biology and art.
The work that we are celebrating with his visit to Asheboro is the launch of a new six-volume series on the mammals of Africa, the most comprehensive work ever written on this subject. Kingdon is not only the Editor-in-Chief but was also responsible for all the illustrations in the books, many of which were derived from his earlier work and to which he has added extensively. Professor Kingdon is based in the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford, where he has been a senior research member for many years. He travels extensively and also shares a home with his partner Laura in Rome, Italy.