Rusty Johnson is the author of The Twilight of the Wild and is the founder of Aylazon, an Amazonian children's charity. He regularly leads excursions into the Peruvian Amazon, and his nature and adventure travels have ranged from monitoring environmental decimation on an active volcanic island and to documenting the dwindling elephant herds in southern Africa. In 1996, at the age of 25, he was one of the youngest people ever inducted into The Explorers Club.
He is state and federally licensed for falconry and for the raising of protected and endangered species, including alligators, eagles, condors, vipers, and cobras. He has assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in capturing Bald Eagles for scientific research.
His television credits include working with Jim Fowler on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom as well as appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, The Late Show with Conan O'Brien, and The Today Show.
Over the last fifteen years he has spoken to thousands of audiences, teaching people of all ages about the wonders of the natural world. He bridges the gap between humans and the earth's wild creatures and cultures, and he often includes live animals - owls, eagles, falcons, condors, hawks, cobras, vipers, pythons, boas, and alligators - in his presentations.
Johnson has presented at venues ranging from Princeton University, The American Museum of Natural History, and The New York Botanical Gardens, to The Explorers Club, Dowling College, The Long Island Museum of Science, the Sierra Club, MENSA, and the National Audubon Society. His lectures at Princeton have been rated as the best of their Natural History Seminars.
His presentations focus on endangered species, wildlife ecology, the future of ecosystem and wildlife conservation, falconry and birds of prey, pesticide impacts, the Amazon, adventure travel, and lessons from nature. Many of his presentations do or can include live animals.
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