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Producer, Writer, & Director
Allison Argo

Associate Producer
Jill Shinefield

Glenn Close

Music Composition
Mark Adler

Beth Spiegel

Reuben Aaronson

Richard Kane

Assistant Camera
Rich Confalone

Additional Editing
Janet Swanson

Assistant Editors
Richard Kassebaum
Ann Kim

Additional Photography
Martyn Colbeck
Rick Robertson
Jeremy Sykes

Associate Producer - Belize
Lawence Tice

Executive Producers
Nick Noxon
Tom Simon

Special Thanks
American Association of Zoo Keepers
American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums
Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center
The Craig Family and Lewa Downs Ranch
Ngare Sergoi Rhino Support Group
Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust
British Airways
Kathy Bird Pasternak


Keepers of the Wild explores the complex relationship between captive animals and those who care for them. For animals in captivity, keepers are a lifeline - many have worked for decades with the individuals they've come to love and regard as friends. They work within an imperfect system, offering comfort and protection to those who have come to depend on them.

From Belize to Atlanta, Kenya to the Isle of Jersey, many of the keepers in the film care for animals that are now on the endangered species list.


Most would like to see their charges return to the wild - but they realize that the natural world is under siege.

As wild habitat gives way to our ever-expanding human population, the line between captive and wild has become more and more blurred. Andy Lodge, a former zookeeper, who now works with the Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary in Kenya muses, "It would be a very lonely place without the animals... Now everybody pretty much has to be a keeper."


Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center

Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust

Bat Conservation International

Bat Conservation Trust

Primarily Primates

The Nature Conservancy

African Wildlife Foundation

African Lion Safari

World Wildlife Fund

Save the Rhino International

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