The Kingpin Wins Genesis Award

Just back from LA, where my National Geographic article The Kingpin won a 2011 Genesis Award!  

This was a wonderful event, put on by the Humane Society of the United States.  One of my favorite moments was when award-winner Tim Harrison, The Elephant in the Living Room, said, “Great speech.  You really should read this book called The Lizard King….”  Anybody who reads this blog should check out Tim’s film.  I haven’t seen it yet, but the content is the US exotics trade… 

My next favorite moment was when Betty White said to me, “Are you just going to stand there looking pretty, or are you going to buy a lady a drink?”*

*Actually, she never said that, but it’s how I imagined the night would go, and it’s my blog.

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2 Responses to “The Kingpin Wins Genesis Award”

  1. Azrina Abdullah Says:

    Congratulations, Bryan! The article certainly opened some doors in Malaysia which were kept closed where Wong was concerned. The combined efforts of everyone in Malaysia and your Nat Geo feature is an example of how much can be achieved in bringing some much needed positive changes to wildlife trade management.

  2. Bryan Christy Says:

    Thank you Azrina! I agree. As I said in my acceptance speech, concerted action by Malaysian citizens, journalists, legislators, and local and international NGOs proves that the human ecosystem to protect wildlife in Malaysia can be a healthy one when everybody plays his or her part.

    Your work, including your column, is the perfect example!