Anthony Marr is best known probably for his work at and near India’s Kanha and Banhavgarh tiger reserves to help save the critically endangered Bengal tiger and its dwindling habitat, for which he was honored as the Champion of the Bengal Tiger in the award-winning 5-season TV series Champions of the Wild air on Discovery Channel and Animal Planet in 20 countries worldwide. His close friends fondly call him the “Tiger Man“.
Following is part 1 of 2 of the Champion of the Bengal Tiger episode of the 5-season TV series Champions of the Wild. This Part 1 will lead you to Part 2. It is the award-winning episode of the entire series, which is available online.
Anthony Marr has a degree in physics, worked as a field geophysicist and an environmental technologist, and accumulated 7 years’ experience in real estate. As of the mid-90s, he became a full time advocate for animal rights and animal welfare, and for the environment especially regarding climate change, culminating in his winning not one but two awards in 2010 (see the plaque on the front cover and the quote on the back cover of his 4th and autobiographical book BEAUTIFUL LIFE.
Anthony Marr’s first book, OMNI-SCIENCE and the Human Destiny won a large number of glowing accolades from high academia in his 5-university lecture tour of 1987. Following are some excerpts from two of the 5 universities:
Geology, Dr. W.R. Evitt: “… sincerity, imagination, intellectualism and scholarship… an immensely logical construct… meticulously thought out… majestic in scope but intrinsically simple, satisfying and optimistic… should have a very broad appeal… these are important ideas with great potential for lessening the conflicts in a troubled world…”
Sociology, Dr. Alex Inkeles: “… impressed me not only with the quality of his presentation, but also the quality of his thinking… authoritative… exceptionally comprehensive…”
Philosophy, Dr. John Dupre: “… extremely intriguing and provocative… incomparably more edifying than the vast majority of such attempts…”
Anthropology, Dr. John W. Rick: “… very thought provoking… clearly deserves extensive discussion… a serious, well-founded vision…”
Physics, Dr. Leonard Susskind: “… I found myself stimulated, educated… worth listening to, even for those of us who are not of the same philosophical bent…”
Philosophy, Dr. John Bogart: “… compelling… have moral import…”
Applied Physics and Astrophysics, Dr. Vahe Petrosian: “… elaborate… clearly well thought out and researched… fascinating… a very ambitious task… a beautiful synthesis… captivating… should be of interest not only to experts but to all thinking people of the world…”
University of California @ Berkeley
Anthropology, Dr. Tim White: “… Anthony Marr’s OMNI-SCIENCE is formidable…
Astronomy and Physics, Dr. Marc Davis: “… a forward looking moral framework… an important contribution to society…”
Paleontology, Dr. Carole S. Hickman: “… an extraordinary intellectual undertaking… unique… intellectually and aesthetically stimulating… a bold and eclectic piece of scholarship… exceptional… a delight… optimism, concern and compassion for humanity…”
Botany, Dr. Herbert G. Baker: “… extremely interesting… an important contribution towards understanding cosmology.”
Paleontology, Dr. Donald E. Savage: “… powerful… erudite synthesis…”
Zoology, Dr. Richard C. Strohman: “… original… a thoroughly logical system… might indeed fill a large gap in the way we think…”
Biology, Dr. Richard W. Holms: “… a remarkable broad perspective… great depth… truly deserves the name OMNI-SCIENCE…”
Institute of Human Origins, Dr. William H. Kimbel, President: “… a profound contribution to the fundamental definition of humankind in relation to the broader universe… unifies the fragmented Western scientific disciplines… implications of great depth and breadth for the future course of human actions… too important to ignore.”
Anthony Marr’s 2nd book (2008) above, his 3rd book (2016) below.
Last but not least, Anthony Marr is also a sought after public speaker who has conducted 8 continental speaking tours, covering 30-42 states over 4-7 months each, every one looking something like this (see map below) – numerous destinations unified by the journey propelled the purpose. The 8th and most recent one was co-conducted with his new wife (since April 2 @ Lake Tahoe) Shannon Wright, with whom life’s journey continues.