June 9, 2022 Media Release: The Bateman Foundation and Anne Innis Dagg Foundation Announce their first partnered event featuring Dr. Anne Innis Dagg and Robert Bateman

Victoria, BC – The Bateman Foundation and the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation are proud to announce their first partnership event featuring internationally renowned artist, naturalist, and conservationist Robert Bateman and trailblazing zoologist, feminist, and author Dr. Anne Innis Dagg.

An Evening with Anne & Robert will showcase two iconic Canadians for one evening on July 8 at the Bateman Gallery in Victoria, BC.

Guests will enjoy an intimate screening of Anne Innis Dagg’s documentary, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, along with a conversation with the two living legends reflecting back on their journey from their meeting at the University of Toronto’s Naturalist Club, to how their unwavering commitment and passion for nature set the course for both their lives’ work.

For only one night, Anne Innis Dagg and Robert Bateman will reignite the audience’s sense of purpose and get people talking, thinking, and doing.

“We are honoured to host and connect people with Anne Innis Dagg and Robert Bateman at the gallery,” says Sarah Theopolis, Acting General Manager of the Bateman Foundation.

“It has been over two years since we’ve had Robert engage with the public and be part of the foundation’s events. We knew that his return to public events needed to be extraordinary and special. We were thrilled to have this partnered event with the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation.”

“Anne and Robert share a friendship dating back to the 1950s and and it all began with their mutual passion for animals and nature,” says Mary Dagg, CEO of the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation.

“Their long and celebrated careers have lead to this event and we are so honoured that Robert is presenting The Woman Who Loves Giraffes in his return to the Bateman Gallery.”

Ticket go on sale June 9 to the public. Tickets are available at https://batemanfoundation.org/gallery/an-evening-with-anne-and-robert.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to both the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation and the Bateman Foundation.

Tickets are limited. For the safety of the speakers and guests, masks are required for this event.

About the Bateman Foundation

The Bateman Foundation is a nationally registered charity with a mission to build a relationship with nature through art. Founded by renowned artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, the foundation uses art to understand the environment. It is one of the only non-profits in Canada that primarily uses artwork to promote a connection to nature.

The Bateman Foundation reaches over 300,000 people across North America, educates more than 4,000 people through the flagship education program NatureSketch, and welcomes over 20,000 visitors inside the gallery.

Through educational programs, community collaborations and gallery exhibitions, the Bateman Foundation inspires a generation of people to build a deeper relationship with the natural world. For more information about the Bateman Foundation, visit batemanfoundation.org.

The Bateman Foundation and gallery are both located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen People, also known as the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations.

About the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation

Established in 2020, the Anne Innis Dagg (AID) Foundation provides support to organizations and individuals that protect the survival of the most magnificent creature on the planet, the giraffe. The Foundation also directs funding to programs that raise the voices of marginalized individuals in science and education in support of Anne’s lifelong principle that people, animals and their surroundings deserve mutual respect.

Over the last 30 years, the giraffe population in Africa has reduced by up to 40%, with some sub-species being listed as critically endangered. According to the IUCN Red List, the giraffe adult population was listed at just under 70,000 in 2016. Protecting giraffes has required a multi-faceted approach due to the many threats that they face: habitat destruction, poaching, wildfires, drought, and illegal trafficking of trophies. This has put extraordinary pressure on giraffes and their habitat, therefore requiring not just coordinated efforts between the national authorities and site level conservation programs, but also matching support from organizations and partners whose goals are to protect this iconic species.

Anne is known around the world for writing The Giraffe: It’s Biology, Behaviour and Ecology, which is highly considered to be the “bible” of giraffe study. She has been a prolific writer throughout her life and has covered a range of topics including animals, ecology, locomotion, and feminism. Despite her numerous academic accomplishments, Anne experienced career-altering discrimination in the educational system that continues to stifle the advancement of many women in the STEM fields. Through the AID Foundation, Anne is committed to creating support for women+ and raising the voices of marginalized people in Africa and around the world. The AID Foundation has forged strategic partnerships to fulfill Anne Dagg’s mission and many conservation and educational programs are currently underway.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Katherine Dalusong
Head of Marketing and Sales
The Bateman Foundation
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 250.940.3626 ex.320