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American Museum and Explorer's Club to Showcase AFC Flag Expedition

American Museum and Explorer's Club to Showcase AFC Flag Expedition

AFC's recent Flag Expedition featuring Signature Member Stephen Quinn, also designated as an official Flag Expedition of the famed Explorer's Club will be featured in a special ceremony at the club's annual gala dinner and meeting on March 19. Quinn is a recent Explorer's Club inductee and senior project manager for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The expedition, carries special significance with the historic club and the AMNH, as it retraced the steps of artist Carl Akeley  to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he traveled to collect and research for the famous Mountain Gorilla diorama on display at the AMNH. Akeley was a top figure and exhibits pioneer at the American Museum and a past president of the Explorer's Club.

The AMNH mountain gorilla diorama is based on sketchings, paintings, and samples taken during artist Carl Akeley's expedition to the region. After the expedition, Akeley recognized the threats facing the mountain gorillas, and he helped establish Albert National Park, now called Virunga National Park, to help protect the gorillas.

In early December 2010, Quinn returned to site of the original diorama painting--a view of the Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira volcanoes from Mt. Karisimbi--to paint a new panorama, recording the changes that had taken place over the last 90 years.

On February 9, Quinn, will discuss his expedition, the story of Carl Akeley and the critical work of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinarian Project (MGVP) in mountain gorilla conservation today. MGVP helped arrange and guide this trip.

Tickets for the event, which will be held at 6:30 pm in the Kaufmann Theater at AMNH, can be purchased for $15 by calling 212-769-5200. Advance registration is required. Museum members, students, and senior pay $13.50. The first 75 AMNH members to register pay no fee.

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