c-owen-slater-waterton0034 Hi, A bit about myself. From as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with wildlife and the natural world and I have always wanted to capture what I see on ‘film.’ There has never been any doubt that I would also pursue a career working with wildlife. I graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc  in Ecology and took a job at a wildlife centre in the beautiful cottage country of the Muskokas, Ontario.  There I tended to the countless native wild animals including black bears, wolves, birds of prey and most memorably a one week old river otter that I successfully raised and released back into the wild. It was there that I started toying with the idea of veterinary school but I decided to defer my decision until after a trip to East Africa. While in Uganda, I volunteered at the Jane Goodall Institute where under the direction of a wildlife veterinarian, my primary task was to provide around the clock care for an orphaned chimpanzee. This experience sealed my decision to pursue wildlife veterinary medicine but Uganda was never far from my mind.  With a bit of planning and fundraising I returned to Uganda twice more during summers off from school to continue my work at the Jane Goodall Institute and to conduct a pilot research project with the endangered mountain gorillas. After a year of honing my skills in mixed animal practice I completed a zoo veterinary internship at the Calgary Zoo. From there I set off to Chicago for a few years as a zoo veterinarian at Lincoln Park Zoo before returning to the Calgary Zoo.  During this time I was fortunate to be able to return to Africa each year as a veterinary instructor for a great ape conservation organization (PASA). I was also involved in many endangered species recovery and breeding programs. Currently I’m an instructor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary (UCVM) where I teach wildlife and exotic animal veterinary medicine. I also do consulting work for several wildlife based organizations. Lately I’ve been dedicating time for personalized guiding experiences and lead private wildlife tours where I share my knowledge and experiences with other like minded people. My photographs are used by various conservation based organizations including the Jane Goodall Institute, Zoological Society of London, Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative and Parks Canada to raise awareness and promote conservation of wildlife and wild spaces. If you would like to purchase any prints or license photos for publications please contact me for details. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Cheers, Owen *All photographs and text on this site are copyright of Owen Slater Photography. Permission to copy or use any images or text on this site must be given in advance*