National Geographic Channel’s reptile expert BRADY BARR thinks nothing of getting up-close-and-personal with some of the world’s most frightening species in his celebrated television show, “Dangerous Encounters.”

On Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Spanos Theatre,* Dr. BRADY BARR will present an engaging and informative behind-the-scenes, spine-tingling ride through the world of wildlife documentaries and animal conservation.

Cal Poly Arts presents the National Geographic LIVE engagement as part of its expansive Speakers Series.

Barr has made it his life’s work to study and protect some of the world’s most dangerous and endangered land animals: alligators and crocodiles. He is the first person to capture and study all 23 species of wild crocodilians.

A frequent guest on “The Tonight Show,” Barr is nationally-recognized for his work with reptiles; by increasing knowledge and understanding of these powerful creatures, Barr hopes to save both reptile and human lives. This is even more critical at a time when people are building communities in wild habitats such as the Florida Everglades, resulting in more frequent attacks on humans.

True to the “Dangerous Encounters” title – in addition to numerous trips to the hospital for various work-related ailments – Barr has lost a finger, broken an arm, wrist, leg and his back, and been bitten by animals ranging from crocodiles to giant snakes.

Barr recently survived an attack by a 12-foot reticulated python while working in waist-deep guano inside a bat cave in Indonesia – an attack that made headlines worldwide and sparked an internet frenzy with stories of his assumed death.

Barr has been with National Geographic since 1997, when he became National Geographic’s resident herpetologist, and has since appeared in more than 100 National Geographic films.

He is currently a member of the Endangered Species Coalition of the Council of State Governments, the International Crocodilian Specialist Group, and serves as a scientific expert for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

* Note new venue/location

Student and adult tickets for the performance are $23 and $30 respectively and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.  The Ticket Office is also open as of noon on all performance days.

TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at

Sponsored by Alexander & Suzanne Morrison.

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