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As one of the nation's premier nature photographers, Thomas Mangelsen has spent the past 20 years capturing stunning images of wild animals in their natural habitat. Mangelsen's distinctive images are a blend of experience, artistry and patience.

In 1969 Mangelsen earned an undergraduate degree in biology at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. After graduating and without any formal photographic training, he began taking his first photographs of the subjects he knew best- waterfowl along the Platte.

A few years later, his life took and unexpected turn while attending graduate school at Colorado State University where he met a filmmaker who enticed him into trying his hand at wildlife cinematography. These efforts later resulted in the Emmy-nominated National Geographic television special "Flight of the Whooping Crane" and the PBS Nature and BBC Natural World film "Cranes of the Grey Wind."

Mangelsen now travels seven months a year to locations around the world, following the migrations and seasonal concentrations of wildlife.

Mangelsen keeps in contact with a number of wildlife research projects and works jointly with biologists to promote studies of rare or endangered species. " I feel the real purpose of my work is to convince people to save what natural beauty and wildlife we still have," says Mangelsen.

Images of Nature galleries, featuring the work of Tom Mangelsen, are located in LaJolla, Los Gatos, Pal Alto, and Palm Desert California; Park City and Deer Valley, Utah; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Denver International Airport, and Vail, Colorado; the Old Market area of Omaha, Nebraska; and Galena, Illinois.

A large format book "Images of Nature-The Photographs of Thomas D. Mangelsen, " with text by Charles Craighead, depicts Mangelsen's most memorable photographs. His newest book, "Polar Dance-Born of the North Wind" is a photographic adventure into the world of polar bears and life in the far north, with text by Fred Bruemmer.
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) catching spawning Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), Brooks River Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180276 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) catching spawning Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), Brooks River Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Thomas Mangelsen
African Lion (Panthera leo) male portrait, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180367 African Lion (Panthera leo) male portrait, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Thomas Mangelsen
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) adults on snags, North America  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180172 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) adults on snags, North America© Thomas Mangelsen
Short-tailed Weasel (Mustela erminea) camouflaged against snowbank, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180477 Short-tailed Weasel (Mustela erminea) camouflaged against snowbank, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Thomas Mangelsen
Moose (Alces alces) grazing in a field of wildflowers, North America  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180350 Moose (Alces alces) grazing in a field of wildflowers, North America© Thomas Mangelsen
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adult resting, Wapusk National Park, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180146 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adult resting, Wapusk National Park, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) at riverbank, Alaska  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180171 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) at riverbank, Alaska© Thomas Mangelsen
Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) pair in old-growth temperate rainforest, southwest Oregon  -  Tom Mangelsen/ npl
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00410267 Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) pair in old-growth temperate rainforest, southwest Oregon© Tom Mangelsen/ npl
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) portrait, Estero Beach near Fort Meyers, Florida  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180238 White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) portrait, Estero Beach near Fort Meyers, Florida© Thomas Mangelsen
Coyote (Canis latrans) with standing in snow, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA February  -  Tom Mangelsen/ npl
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90672189 Coyote (Canis latrans) with standing in snow, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA February© TOM MANGELSEN / NPL
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) wading in shallow water, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180240 White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) wading in shallow water, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida© Thomas Mangelsen
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) chick, Gray's Lake, Idaho  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180248 Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) chick, Gray's Lake, Idaho© Thomas Mangelsen
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Frederick Sound, Alaska  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180418 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Frederick Sound, Alaska© Thomas Mangelsen
Coyote (Canis latrans) pair calling, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180602 Coyote (Canis latrans) pair calling, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Thomas Mangelsen
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) mother and cubs resting on the plain, vulnerable species, Aitong Hills, Kenya  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180608 Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) mother and cubs resting on the plain, vulnerable species, Aitong Hills, Kenya© Thomas Mangelsen
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cub, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180136 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and cub, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180144 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) pair leaping, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180414 Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) pair leaping, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico© Thomas Mangelsen
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on ice at sunset, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180504 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on ice at sunset, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) curled up resting in snow, Hudson Bay, near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180338 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) curled up resting in snow, Hudson Bay, near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) resting on log, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180442 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) resting on log, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India© Thomas Mangelsen
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) looking down, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180443 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) looking down, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India© Thomas Mangelsen
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) rolling in snow, Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180502 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) rolling in snow, Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) portrait, Homer, Alaska  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180511 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) portrait, Homer, Alaska© Thomas Mangelsen
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) investigating chained sled dog, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180517 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) investigating chained sled dog, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) in old growth forest, southwest Oregon  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180288 Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) in old growth forest, southwest Oregon© Thomas Mangelsen
Florida Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) perching in tree, Oscar Schever State Park, Florida  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180298 Florida Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) perching in tree, Oscar Schever State Park, Florida© Thomas Mangelsen
Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) at entrance of nest cavity, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180300 Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) at entrance of nest cavity, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Thomas Mangelsen
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) gliding, La Jolla Cove, southern California  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180318 Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) gliding, La Jolla Cove, southern California© Thomas Mangelsen
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) fishing flying, Everglades National Park, Florida  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180314 Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) fishing flying, Everglades National Park, Florida© Thomas Mangelsen
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) crossing road in front of school bus, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180357 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) crossing road in front of school bus, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska© Thomas Mangelsen
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) matriarch and family, Amboseli National Park, Kenya  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180376 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) matriarch and family, Amboseli National Park, Kenya© Thomas Mangelsen
African Lion (Panthera leo) male portrait, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180369 African Lion (Panthera leo) male portrait, Masai Mara, Kenya© Thomas Mangelsen
Leopard (Panthera pardus) female resting in grass, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180403 Leopard (Panthera pardus) female resting in grass, Masai Mara, Kenya© Thomas Mangelsen
Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) mother and foal nuzzling, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180406 Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) mother and foal nuzzling, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania© Thomas Mangelsen
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) close up of group leaping, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180426 Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) close up of group leaping, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico© Thomas Mangelsen
Western Red Colobus (Procolobus badius) feeding on leaves in tree, Zanzibar, Tanzania  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180457 Western Red Colobus (Procolobus badius) feeding on leaves in tree, Zanzibar, Tanzania© Thomas Mangelsen
Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) in winter, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180450 Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) in winter, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly group perching on a female tourist, El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Mexico  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180459 Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly group perching on a female tourist, El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Mexico© Thomas Mangelsen
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) portrait, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180440 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) portrait, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India© Thomas Mangelsen
Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180473 Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Thomas Mangelsen
Melting ice reflecting midnight sunset, Wager Bay, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180483 Melting ice reflecting midnight sunset, Wager Bay, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) and cubs, near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180140 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) and cubs, near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) portrait, North America  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180499 Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) portrait, North America© Thomas Mangelsen
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) close up of eyes, India  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180500 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) close up of eyes, India© Thomas Mangelsen
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) trio feeding at sunset, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180506 White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) trio feeding at sunset, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida© Thomas Mangelsen
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on tundra in the spring, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180507 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on tundra in the spring, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
Sunset over Antler Creek, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180508 Sunset over Antler Creek, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Thomas Mangelsen
Giraffe (Giraffa sp) close up of head, Africa  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180516 Giraffe (Giraffa sp) close up of head, Africa© Thomas Mangelsen
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) flying, Wager Bay, Northwest Territories, Canada  -  Thomas Mangelsen
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00180576 Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) flying, Wager Bay, Northwest Territories, Canada© Thomas Mangelsen
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