MarianneLeoneRetrospectpg1.2.53.54THE ARTIST.

For the last 10 years Marianne Leone has been privileged to photograph the remarkable animals, in particular the species in danger, at the Philadelphia Zoo. She was struck by the “species in danger” stamp that she noticed on most of the zoo’s signage. Her intrigue led her to create a catalog of over 1,000 images from the Philadelphia zoo’s collection. For this retrospect book she has selected her top 100. This book is a follow-up to her exhibit and book “ A World Without”.  She also travels to national parks and places like  lemur island of Madagascar to be one with these majestic creatures. Marianne  is currently being featured in a documentary about ordinary people causing the extraordinary to make a difference in the world. She is a member of National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, National Parks Conservation Association, Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Outdoor Photographer, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Markeim Arts Center, and most proudly, America’s First Zoo Camera Club..


Philadelphia Zoo is not only America’s first zoo, but it is also a world-class, award-winning zoo of international acclaim. Featuring Zoo360,  a first-in-the-world system of see-through mesh trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, Zoo360 gives the animals exciting opportunities for travel and exploration.  Always with its mission at the forefront, Philadelphia Zoo connects people with wildlife,  creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats.  Philadelphia Zoo is committed to excellence in animal care and to inspiring guests to conservation action. Consider taking a closer look at Philadelphia Zoo and learning more about its conservation efforts.  It is not the zoo you thought you knew.

By purchasing this book, a donation of $20 will be made on your behalf to the Philadelphia Zoo Global Conservation Fund. This supports the animals in this book and around the world. CLICK HERE TO EMAIL A REQUEST TO PRE-ORDER. 


The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the best known worldwide conservation status listing and ranking system  provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  Threatened species are any species (including animals, plants, fungi, etc.) which are vulnerable to endangerment in the near future. The vast majority of the images Marianne has chosen to include in this book are in the threatened range of Vulnerable, Endangered and Critically Endangered from IUCN. She also has chosen a few select with the IUCN status of Near Threatened, to symbolize hope that we can change the future of these species from becoming fully threatened, as well as her inclusion of a few species protected in the United States by the Endangered Species Act and  others by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). On the other end of the spectrum, she included just a few species that are IUCN  Extinct in the Wild, this status speaks for itself. She encourages you to  learn more about these animals by googling each species name and  status and learning WHY they are endangered and WHAT you can do  to protect them. We are one. We are all connected.


This book is in honor of all the species within it and of the world. And it would not have been possible without the inspiration and support from many humans, yes  humans!  Thank you to Shirley Czerwinski, Susan Engle,  and the Ritz Camera team for production of this  book.  Thank you to Vikram H. Dewan, Greg Goldman, Lynn Tunmer, Sally Pearne, staff, docents, camera club members, and volunteers of the Philadelphia Zoo.  Thank you  to Liz Madden, Dee Hertzberg, Brian Pattullo, Howard Simcox,  Stacey Jung, Aurelien Tanguep,  Jim Stein, Becky Mace,  Julia Leone, Mary Leone, Karen Bokelman and most of all Lisa M. Pezzella for inspiring my work and  encouraging me to continue to be a voice for species in danger through my images.

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