Millbrook Featured in Michael George's New Book: Life At The Zoo

Millbrook's very own Trevor Zoo is featured in the recently released book Life at the Zoo by National Geographic photographer Michael George. The project took 2.5 years to conceive, photograph, write, and design, and throughout that process, Michael traveled to eight different zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers around the United States and abroad, including Millbrook's Trevor Zoo. The book features 40 photographs, including nine photos of our animals and Millbrook "zooies," and it gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at zoos.

"When I first worked with a zoo for a travel shoot in 2015, I realized how many misconceptions and worries people have about how they work and what they do. This book explores conservation, breeding, research, and rescue programs," says Michael who connected with Zoo Director Dr. Alan Tousignant the fall of 2017. He visited Millbrook to take photos a couple of months later and captured images of our zooies caring for the alpacas, red pandas, muntjacs, and more. 

Michael visited Millbrook on November 11th for a book signing and presentation and visited with three advanced honors photography classes the following day. "When he talked with IVth and Vth form students, he shared the story of the last decade of his photo journey," said Arts Department Chair Sarah MacWright. "He talked about his thought process as a junior and senior in high school and how he made the decision to apply to and attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for photography. He also explained the importance of making connections and finding mentors as a young graduate, and today it’s clear that he has made it. He is a well-known person in the industry." 
His presentation was punctuated with homemade memes, breathtaking imagery from his travels, and behind the scenes stories. He also discussed the importance of balancing personal and commercial work and about walking El Camino de Santiago. Photos from that walk were published by National Geographic—it was his "big break."

"Students were fascinated by his work, his success, and his kindness in sharing it all with us," said Ms. MacWright. 

Environmental stewardship has been a Millbrook core value since the inception of the school in 1931. Michael George is supporting this value by way of his stunning photography, and we were honored to be a part of his project.

Click here to learn more about the book Life At The Zoo and click here to learn more about the Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School.