National Geographic Live Speakers Series: Brady Barr

To be blunt, Brady Barr puts the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, rest his soul, to shame. Barr, the second speaker of the National Geographic Live series to swing through town, is the first person ever to capture all 23 types of crocodile in the world. The crown jewel of those crocodiles was the Siamese Crocodile he found in Asia. Until Barr managed to find one, the scientific community was fairly certain the Siamese was extinct. So yeah, he knows what he's doing. The former high school science teacher has traveled the world studying reptiles, hoping to protect them. One third of those 23 species of crocodiles is endangered, and Barr aspires to protect their habitat from the threat of land development. The host of the National Geographic Channel's Reptile Wild is apparently also invincible. During the course of his research, Barr has survived a plane crash in Brazil, had his right thumb ripped almost entirely off by a rope, and was bitten in the face by a boa constrictor he was attempting to handle. If that won't kill him, speaking at the State Theatre with photos and video probably won't either.
Thu., March 20, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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