SMART Talks: River and Wild Animal Protection
Zhinong Xi has worked in Kunming Education TV, CCTV "Animal World", "Oriental Horizon" and other media. In the early 2000s, Zhinong and his wife founded "Wild China" studio with a mission to “use the power of images to protect nature.” In 2016, Xi established the Changshan Nature Center in Dali, a center in Yunnan devoted to educating visitors about the biodiversity and the natural world around them.
Zhinong produced two documentary films about this highly endangered species, including emmy-nominated The Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La.
He has also received numerous other awards, including the 2022 Wayfinder award of the National Geographic Society, the Gerald Durrell Endangered Species Photographer of the Year award, the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, and named one of the 40 most influential conservation photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine.
Lihong Shi was a reporter for China Daily and the Liaison Director of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) China Program. In addition to "Wild China" studio, she also founded the non-governmental environmental protection organization "Green Plateau". In 2002, she was awarded “Global Future Leader” by the World Economic Forum. The documentary film"Mystery of the Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey" won the TVE award at England's Wildscreen Festival in 2002. Her co-production documentary "Waking the Green Tiger" won the 2012 Grant Heim Award for Environmental Reporting and other awards.
About SMART Talks on Climate Change:
SMART Talks on Climate Change is a program jointly launched by Caixin Global and Yale Center Beijing in 2022. It aims to provide the leaders of the next generation with opportunities for cross-border, cross-discipline and cross-generation dialogue with top scholars and leading experts on the issue of climate change.