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Ronan Donovan

National Geographic Storytelling Fellow at the National Geographic Society

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Ronan Donovan Biography

National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan is a wildlife biologist turned conservation photographer. He uses visual storytelling to illuminate stories related to our fellow social mammals to remind us that we are all connected and to promote the preservation of our shared landscapes.

Donovan embeds for months at a time, year after year, with wild families of wolves, chimpanzees, and mountain gorillas to capture imagery that highlights our shared challenges, behaviors, and family bonds.

Speaking Topics
  • The Human-Wolf Connection

    A look at the complex relationship between humans and wolves through the wolf experience in two regions of North America • Yellowstone National Park and the Canadian High Arctic. For the vast majority of human history, we lived alongside the wolf as a fellow hunter. Later, we welcomed them into our homes, and they became part of our families. Wolves are neither good nor bad • value is a human construct • and mirrors how modern humans treat the natural world.

  • Shaping the Wild Child

    Ronan Donovan was a two-time felon at the age of 13. Fast forward, and he's now a National Geographic Storytelling Fellow and Explorer who spends months in wild places documenting stories about our fellow social mammals for National Geographic. What led him to commit felonies, and what changed? What did he learn from that experience? In this presentation, he will share his experience as a wild child to living a wild life traveling the world for National Geographic. This talk is geared towards an audience aged between 10 and 25.

  • Social by Nature

    What can we learn about being more balanced humans through the lives of our fellow social mammals (chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and wolves)? Can wolves teach us how to be better members of our families and communities? How similar are we to wild chimpanzees?

    The short answer is yes, they can.

    Ronan Donovan has been studying and observing these wild families for 15 years, and we share more commonalities that we can learn from. There is great wisdom in the lives of these wild families; we just have to listen.

    He has lived with wolves in the High Arctic for months at a time, studied a wild family of chimpanzees for a year in Uganda, and hiked up the side of equatorial volcanoes to observe mountain gorillas.

  • The Hidden Lives of Wolves

    For the vast majority of human history, we lived alongside the wolf as a fellow hunter. We welcomed them into our homes and they became part of our families. What changed? Wolves are neither good nor bad • value in a human construct. In this presentation on wolves, National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan brings the secrets of wolves to the big screen with stories and imagery from his time studying this species for a decade.

    “The time that I’ve spent with wolves, immersed in the pulse of their daily life, has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Not because I have some misguided idea that I’m part of their lives—they do not think of me now, as I do of them—but because I feel that watching any animal living precisely how it evolved is an honor.”

  • Wild Leadership

    Leadership has evolved out of a need that all social mammals share in order to succeed as a group. The idea is simple: how to achieve together what we cannot do alone. Yet leadership is a dynamic element of societies • both in humans and in chimpanzees. Not all leaders are the same because leaders are individuals. Leadership drives culture, innovation, and success in the human and wild worlds.

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  • How do I book Ronan Donovan to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Ronan Donovan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Ronan Donovan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Ronan Donovan or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Ronan Donovan

    Speaking fees for Ronan Donovan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Ronan Donovan are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Ronan Donovan, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Ronan Donovan speak about?

    Ronan Donovan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Adventurers, Animals & Wildlife, Art, Arts & Humanities, Climate Change, Conservation, Culture, Environment, Journalism, Photography, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Ronan Donovan travel from?

    Ronan Donovan generally travels from Bozeman, MT, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Ronan Donovan’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Ronan Donovan for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ronan Donovan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Ronan Donovan or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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National Geographic Storytelling Fellow at the National Geographic Society

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Bozeman, MT, USA
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Ronan Donovan Biography

National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan is a wildlife biologist turned conservation photographer. He uses visual storytelling to illuminate stories related to our fellow social mammals to remind us that we are all connected and to promote the preservation of our shared landscapes.

Donovan embeds for months at a time, year after year, with wild families of wolves, chimpanzees, and mountain gorillas to capture imagery that highlights our shared challenges, behaviors, and family bonds.

Ronan Donovan Speaking Topics

  • The Human-Wolf Connection

    A look at the complex relationship between humans and wolves through the wolf experience in two regions of North America • Yellowstone National Park and the Canadian High Arctic. For the vast majority of human history, we lived alongside the wolf as a fellow hunter. Later, we welcomed them into our homes, and they became part of our families. Wolves are neither good nor bad • value is a human construct • and mirrors how modern humans treat the natural world.

  • Shaping the Wild Child

    Ronan Donovan was a two-time felon at the age of 13. Fast forward, and he's now a National Geographic Storytelling Fellow and Explorer who spends months in wild places documenting stories about our fellow social mammals for National Geographic. What led him to commit felonies, and what changed? What did he learn from that experience? In this presentation, he will share his experience as a wild child to living a wild life traveling the world for National Geographic. This talk is geared towards an audience aged between 10 and 25.

  • Social by Nature

    What can we learn about being more balanced humans through the lives of our fellow social mammals (chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and wolves)? Can wolves teach us how to be better members of our families and communities? How similar are we to wild chimpanzees?

    The short answer is yes, they can.

    Ronan Donovan has been studying and observing these wild families for 15 years, and we share more commonalities that we can learn from. There is great wisdom in the lives of these wild families; we just have to listen.

    He has lived with wolves in the High Arctic for months at a time, studied a wild family of chimpanzees for a year in Uganda, and hiked up the side of equatorial volcanoes to observe mountain gorillas.

  • The Hidden Lives of Wolves

    For the vast majority of human history, we lived alongside the wolf as a fellow hunter. We welcomed them into our homes and they became part of our families. What changed? Wolves are neither good nor bad • value in a human construct. In this presentation on wolves, National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan brings the secrets of wolves to the big screen with stories and imagery from his time studying this species for a decade.

    “The time that I’ve spent with wolves, immersed in the pulse of their daily life, has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Not because I have some misguided idea that I’m part of their lives—they do not think of me now, as I do of them—but because I feel that watching any animal living precisely how it evolved is an honor.”

  • Wild Leadership

    Leadership has evolved out of a need that all social mammals share in order to succeed as a group. The idea is simple: how to achieve together what we cannot do alone. Yet leadership is a dynamic element of societies • both in humans and in chimpanzees. Not all leaders are the same because leaders are individuals. Leadership drives culture, innovation, and success in the human and wild worlds.

Ronan Donovan Videos

  • Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan
    This new exhibition at the High Desert Museum shares imagery and video by National Geographic Explorer and photographer Ronan Donovan. He captures...
  • Project Wolf with Ronan Donovan
    Conservation Photographer Ronan Donovan returns to the remote mountains of Yellowstone, hoping to discover the offspring of Mr. Blue, one of the most...
  • National Geographic's Ronan Donovan | Deloitte Digital
    Traveling to the Arctic Circle to study and photograph wild wolves for three months requires a leap of faith. Abandoning your work halfway through to...

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FAQs on booking Ronan Donovan

  • How do I book Ronan Donovan to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Ronan Donovan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Ronan Donovan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Ronan Donovan or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Ronan Donovan

    Speaking fees for Ronan Donovan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Ronan Donovan are $20,000 - $30,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Ronan Donovan, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Ronan Donovan speak about?

    Ronan Donovan is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Adventurers, Animals & Wildlife, Art, Arts & Humanities, Climate Change, Conservation, Culture, Environment, Journalism, Photography, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Ronan Donovan travel from?

    Ronan Donovan generally travels from Bozeman, MT, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Ronan Donovan’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Ronan Donovan for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ronan Donovan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Ronan Donovan or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Ronan Donovan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Human-Wolf Connection, Shaping the Wild Child, Social by Nature, The Hidden Lives of Wolves and Wild Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Ronan Donovan for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Ronan Donovan generally travels from Bozeman, MT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rick Ridgeway, Sophie Darlington, David Doubilet, Brian Skerry and Cristina Mittermeier. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ronan Donovan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Ronan Donovan Speaking Topics

  • The Human-Wolf Connection

    A look at the complex relationship between humans and wolves through the wolf experience in two regions of North America • Yellowstone National Park and the Canadian High Arctic. For the vast majority of human history, we lived alongside the wolf as a fellow hunter. Later, we welcomed them into our homes, and they became part of our families. Wolves are neither good nor bad • value is a human construct • and mirrors how modern humans treat the natural world.

  • Shaping the Wild Child

    Ronan Donovan was a two-time felon at the age of 13. Fast forward, and he's now a National Geographic Storytelling Fellow and Explorer who spends months in wild places documenting stories about our fellow social mammals for National Geographic. What led him to commit felonies, and what changed? What did he learn from that experience? In this presentation, he will share his experience as a wild child to living a wild life traveling the world for National Geographic. This talk is geared towards an audience aged between 10 and 25.

  • Social by Nature

    What can we learn about being more balanced humans through the lives of our fellow social mammals (chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, and wolves)? Can wolves teach us how to be better members of our families and communities? How similar are we to wild chimpanzees?

    The short answer is yes, they can.

    Ronan Donovan has been studying and observing these wild families for 15 years, and we share more commonalities that we can learn from. There is great wisdom in the lives of these wild families; we just have to listen.

    He has lived with wolves in the High Arctic for months at a time, studied a wild family of chimpanzees for a year in Uganda, and hiked up the side of equatorial volcanoes to observe mountain gorillas.

  • The Hidden Lives of Wolves

    For the vast majority of human history, we lived alongside the wolf as a fellow hunter. We welcomed them into our homes and they became part of our families. What changed? Wolves are neither good nor bad • value in a human construct. In this presentation on wolves, National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan brings the secrets of wolves to the big screen with stories and imagery from his time studying this species for a decade.

    “The time that I’ve spent with wolves, immersed in the pulse of their daily life, has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Not because I have some misguided idea that I’m part of their lives—they do not think of me now, as I do of them—but because I feel that watching any animal living precisely how it evolved is an honor.”

  • Wild Leadership

    Leadership has evolved out of a need that all social mammals share in order to succeed as a group. The idea is simple: how to achieve together what we cannot do alone. Yet leadership is a dynamic element of societies • both in humans and in chimpanzees. Not all leaders are the same because leaders are individuals. Leadership drives culture, innovation, and success in the human and wild worlds.

Ronan Donovan Speaker Videos

  • Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan
    This new exhibition at the High Desert Museum shares imagery and video by National Geographic Explorer and photographer Ronan Donovan. He captures wolves close up, highlighting their behaviors and...
    Project Wolf with Ronan Donovan
    Conservation Photographer Ronan Donovan returns to the remote mountains of Yellowstone, hoping to discover the offspring of Mr. Blue, one of the most unique and famous wolves in Yellowstone's...
  • National Geographic's Ronan Donovan | Deloitte Digital
    Traveling to the Arctic Circle to study and photograph wild wolves for three months requires a leap of faith. Abandoning your work halfway through to restart from scratch requires deep trust in...
    What Is It Like to Live With Wolves? | Ronan Donovan | Storytellers Summit
    Conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer Ronan Donovan discusses documenting (and living with) Arctic wolves. At Storytellers Summit, he explores human connection to this wild...

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