SANTA CRUZ -- A videographer and photographer will give a presentation on their travels in Africa and the Middle East to document cheetahs later this month at the Rio Theatre.
Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom have traveled from the Serengeti Plains in East Africa to the deserts of central Iran, where Lanting gained exclusive access to document the last wild cheetahs in Asia.
The Jan. 26 show will feature images and videos from a new assignment the pair produced for National Geographic. It includes coverage of cheetah "supermoms," raising kittens on the run and the little-known cultural history of cheetahs in Iran.
"As a chronicler of natural history today, Frans Lanting is a singular, extraordinary talent," said Thomas Kennedy, former director of photography at National Geographic. "He has the mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter and the eyes of a poet."
The show, "Cheetahs on the Run," will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Rio, 1205 Soquel Ave.
Proceeds from the presentation will benefit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Laboratory. Tickets are $23 for general admission and $18 for Seymour Center members.
Advance tickets are available for purchase at the Seymour Center, 100 Shaffer Road in Santa Cruz or online at seymourcenter.brownpapertickets.com.
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