About Brian Keating 2018-05-14T15:10:12+00:00


Honorary Conservation Advisor, Calgary Zoo. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology, U of Calgary

Brian previously held the position “Head of Conservation Outreach” at the Zoo, which enabled him to raise money and then spend it on environmental projects around the world.

He’s been leading groups on nature-based travel for three decades, exploring some of the best wildlife areas on the Planet.  He’s a weekly guest on both Calgary and Edmonton’s CBC Radio, and for many years, was a regular on the Discovery Channel, using his own wilderness adventure and wildlife filming.

He’s in high demand as an international speaker, presenting at some 50 events a year.  Brian’s style would best be described as buoyant, fast-paced, humorous, and always uplifting and meaningful.  His talks have proven themselves the highlight of many conferences and special events.  He’s also written five children’s books celebrating nature.

He’s a pilot, a naturalist, scuba diver, and mountaineer. His wife, Dee, is a physician and keen naturalist who always joins him on his adventures.  Together, they have explored nearly 50 countries on all seven continents in the last quarter century.

Awards / Achievements: 

  • 2017: Renamed in his honour, the Calgary Zoo’s “Brian Keating Conservation Endowment Fund.” The one million dollars (that Brian had initially raised for the fund during his employment with the Zoo) will be matched up to an additional one million.
  • 2017: The Canadian Nature Federation’s “Stan Hodgkiss Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year Award,” presented in Montreal, in recognition of Canadian outdoors people who have demonstrated an active commitment to conservation.
  • 2016: Elected as a “Fellow”, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • 2012: Western Legacy Award, recognized 100 Outstanding Albertans
  • 2011:  “Honorary Conservation Advisor” title and Life Membership award, Calgary Zoological Society
  • 2011:  “Honorary Doctor of Laws”, awarded from University of Calgary, for being “an observer, steward and champion of natural wonders, whose exuberance, love of beauty, generosity of spirit and genius for communication have dares us to apprehend, to imagine and possibly then to comprehend the glorious plenitude of nature”….. “to teach us about the world’s astonishing, fragile biodiversity and the need to conserve it”.
  • 2009: “Honorary Doctor of Science”, awarded from Brandon University in Manitoba, for his distinguished role as a public educator and environmental efforts;
  • 2007: “Honorary Chief of Dompie” (a village in Ghana), awarded at a powerful ceremony due to his efforts in raising the necessary funds to develop a nature sanctuary;
  • 2006: “Canadian Hero of the Year” award from Readers Digest Magazine for his global environmental efforts;
  • 2006: Presented “Alberta Centennial Medal Award” in recognition of “outstanding work for the communities and province of Alberta”.
  • 2005: “One Of The Top Ten Contemporary Calgarians” as voted by the students of the Calgary Board Of Education;
  • 2003: Alberta film industry award for “Best Host” on his hour-long Discovery TV documentary “Planet Zoo” ;
  • 2003: The “Integrity Award” by the Rotary Club of Calgary (Olympic Club);
  • 2002: “The Distinguished Public Education Award” from the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs;
  • 1993: Emerald Award, a Provincial environmental award from The Alberta Foundation for Environmental Excellence;