An Evening with Anne and Robert

July 8 | 6 PM – 9 PM
At the Bateman Gallery

Tickets on sale now

July 8 2022, 6:00pm

Bateman Gallery

300-470 Belleville St, Victoria BC, V8V 1W9

Join us for an inspirational and intimate evening with two iconic Canadian environmental advocates: Anne Innis Dagg and Robert Bateman.

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.

To ensure the safety of the speakers and fellow audience members, both foundations have kindly asked that all patrons wear masks to this event.

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.

Before Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Canadian biologist Anne Innis Dagg made a groundbreaking solo journey to South Africa to become one of the first western researchers to study animal behaviour in the wild. This solidified her life long passion into researching giraffes.

Internationally acclaimed realist artist, naturalist, and conservationist, Robert Bateman has brought the natural world to vivid life with his unique perspective. His vast body of work—spanning species as large as the buffalo and as small as the mouse—has touched millions of hearts and minds, awakening a reverence for wildlife of all kinds.

Guests will have a Q & A session to interact and connect with Anne and Robert. The event will close off with a print and book signing.

A special limited edition print was released for this event: Tall Order – Giraffe signed by Robert Bateman.

Proceeds from the evening will support both the Anne Innis Dagg Foundation and the Bateman Foundation.

Meet Anne Dagg

Anne Dagg, the woman who loves giraffes, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa in 1956 to become the first western researcher to study giraffes in the wild. But upon returning home a year later with ground-breaking research, she found the barriers she faced as a female scientist far harder to overcome. Since then, Anne has gained immense notoriety for her research and for breaking down walls for women in science. With an award-winning documentary, a collection of published books and research papers and recognitions such as the Order of Canada, she continues to contribute to research from her home in Waterloo, Ontario.

A message from Anne

“I met Robert Bateman in 1951 at the University of Toronto. Bob was in his fourth year of an undergraduate degree in geography, and I was in my first year of biology. We were both members of the Naturalist Club and got together with a group of like-minded students on the weekends to explore the local birds, flowers, and wild nature.

Later, in the 1950s, Bob and I separately traveled to Africa. I went to pursue my passion for studying giraffe and Robert traversed the continent taking in the beauty of its nature and culture.


Over the last 30 years giraffe populations have declined 40% due to habitat destruction, poaching, wildfires, drought, and illegal trafficking of trophies. The Anne Innis Dagg Foundation was established to raise awareness and to further the efforts around giraffe conservation within Africa by engaging the locals and their communities. ” – Anne Dagg

Preview of The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

The official trailer for The Woman Who Loves Giraffes documentary

Take a look at Anne and Robert’s travels