The story behind Mangelsen’s masterwork: “Gentle Giant - The Silverback”
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The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

Mangelsen's masterwork titled Out of Darkness from his Legacy Reserve Collection
Gentile Giant was photographed in 2003 in Virunga Mountains, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

In seeing Thomas D. Mangelsen’s portrait Gentle Giant – The Silverback, it might be shocking for some viewers to contemplate this fact: It was only a few generations ago that humans hunted mountain gorillas legally for sport. Although that era has fortunately passed, mountain gorillas are critically imperiled today in the wild, their persistence threatened by bush meat hunters, poachers, accidental killing related to military conflicts in central Africa and loss of habitat.

Gorillas are the largest of primates on earth, with only a few degrees of genetic difference separating them from Homo sapiens. But both are united by a common ancestry as well as abilities to engage in deep-thinking and deep-feeling. It is evident in social behavior.

“I owe my dear friend, Dr. Jane Goodall, profound gratitude for not only educating the world about the higher intelligence of primates, but in making their plight very real to me. She was the one who foremost said that I could make a difference by blending wildlife photography with messages of conservation,” Mangelsen explains.

Mangelsen captured "Light in the Forest" while riding on the back of an elephant.

Gentle Giant is the result of a trip Mangelsen took to the Virunga Mountains, part of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.
Add a Mangelsen masterwork to your art collection Tour dates for Mangelsen's A LIFE IN THE WILD traveling museum exhibition

The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

When you acquire a Legacy Reserve Collection masterwork, you and a guest will be invited to join Mangelsen to witness one of the greatest wildlife phenomena in North America, the ancient migration of hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes, and other migratory birds who visit each spring along the famous Platte River in Nebraska.

Travel back in time to the river banks and family cabin where Mangelsen began his photography career. It is where Tom learned animal behavior and most importantly patience from his father, who heavily influenced his love of nature and life outdoors. You will be joined by world-famous ornithologist, Foundations Regent Professor Emeritus and Tom’s lifelong friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Johnsgard.

This three-day VIP experience will take place in March of 2019 and is limited to only 10-16 guests. Visit a gallery or contact Customer Support at 800-228-9686.


Mangelsen's A LIFE IN THE WILD traveling museum exhibition begins in September 2018
Mangelsen's A LIFE IN THE WILD traveling museum exhibition begins in September 2018

UPCOMING GALLERY EVENTS:

July 19 | Jackson, Wyoming: Solstice Art Walk from 5-8pm
Join the galleries of Jackson Hole for their July art walk! Head into town after a day in the park for gallery openings, artist demos, and more! Tom will not be appearing at this event.

July 27 | Park City, Utah: Gallery Stroll from 6-9pm
Come enjoy light refreshments and stroll through some of the best art galleries in the West. Free and open to the public. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

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Traveling Museum Exhibition | Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild