Photo Credit: Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Society

Dine with National Geographic and Support the Big Cats Initiative
A Ritz-Carlton Rewards Special Member Event

National Geographic Expeditions

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, members enjoyed an exclusive evening of education, fine cuisine and art. National Geographic highlighted their Big Cats Initiative and fine art sculpture program over an intimate dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. This event was open exclusively to Ritz-Carlton Rewards members - enroll now to be eligible to attend future events.

Guests learned about the tremendous effort underway to protect big cats in the wild, as Alexander Moen, Vice President of Explorer Programs within National Geographic's Mission Programs division, shared information about the world’s big cats. National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative is a long-term effort to halt the decline of big cats in the wild. It supports efforts to save big cats through assessment activity, on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public-awareness campaign. Lions, cheetahs, tigers, leopards and other big cats in the wild are quickly disappearing, and the loss of these predators would create a devastating impact on the ecosystem.

As a memento of the evening, each couple received a signed keepsake bronze cub sculpture inspired by the life-size “Together” sculpture currently on display at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. Portraying a striking moment between a lion and cub, the “Together” sculpture is the result of Brad Oldham of Pure Sculpture inspired by the conservationists, photographers and filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert. Proceeds from “Together” support the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative. Editions of “Together” graced the room during the evening’s festivities, so members were able to get a closer look at these stunning works of art.

This one-of-a-kind gathering with National Geographic and The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas included the following:

  • Deluxe overnight accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
  • A unique and personal evening with one of the leaders of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative and fine art sculptor Brad Oldham
  • Cocktail reception for two
  • Three-course dinner for two prepared by Executive Chef Chris Southwick
  • Fine wine selections with each course
  • A two-inch bronze cub sculpture signed by Brad Oldham and presented by Pure Sculpture

Learn more about the Big Cats Initiative at

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