Thomas D. Mangelsen
Vice-President & Co-Founder
Tom Mangelsen is one of the most widely recognized natural history photographers in the world and his work is frequently seen in major publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Time Magazine, GEO, and Life. Tom’s extensive film and photographic record of a family of mountain lions during their unprecedented 42-day reprieve on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming culminated in the book Spirit of the Rockies: The Mountain Lions of Jackson Hole, the first and only publication of its kind to depict the behaviors of mountain lions in the wild. Currently in its second printing, this book served as the timely inspiration for what has become The Cougar Fund. (You may purchase this book in our store.)
Mr. Mangelsen’s photographs are represented through his Images of Nature galleries in sixteen locations across North America, and his books include the bestselling Images of Nature: The Photographs of Thomas D. Mangelsen (1988); Polar Dance: Born of the North Wind (1996), which won the BEA Award for Best of Small Press of 1997 and was featured on Good Morning America and The Today Show. Tom is the recipient of the BBC Nature Photographer of the Year and NANPA Photographer of the Year. Acknowledging his efforts for conservation of the environment and wildlife, Tom was awarded Conservation Photographer of the Year in 2011. Tom is an ambassador for Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and sits on the boards of Stewards of the Platte, Polar Bears Alive!, and Vital Ground. The Cougar Fund is grateful to Tom not only for his vision for the protection of mountain lions but also for the selfless contribution of his art for unrestricted use by the organization. Unless otherwise noted, the incredible images of cougars on our website and in our materials are the work of Thomas D. Mangelsen.