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"Crittercam" Inventor Greg Marshall Will Offer Wildlife Tour April 26
For release: April 11, 2006
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Greg Marshall – scientist, filmmaker and creator of the "Crittercam" – will offer a guided tour through years of field expeditions April 26. Marshall will present his first program at 3:30 p.m. in the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis. The program is free and open to the public. (He will give a second presentation for Memphis Zoo members at 7 p.m. at the Zoo's Northwest Passage.)

Marshall is executive producer and director of remote imaging at National Geographic magazine. He has spent the last 17 years studying and documenting life in the oceans. His most recent work, with emperor penguins, was featured in the Oscar-winning film March of the Penguins.

Marshall conceived a remote camera in 1986 after watching a fish clinging to a shark's side. Crittercams, as he dubbed his invention, capture video, sound, and other information, giving scientists rare views of the private lives of wild animals. By offering an animal's-eye view, Crittercams help solve scientific mysteries and protect the animals that wear them.

The compact system combines video and audio recording with collection of environmental data such as depth, temperature, and acceleration. The Crittercam has been deployed on whales, sharks, seals, turtles, penguins, and other species. In 2003 the first land-based Crittercam was used on lions in Kenya.

The program is presented in association with National Geographic Live!

For more information, call 901-678-5105.

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