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Emmy Award-winning Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin visits UT Knoxville tonight to discuss what it means to be a naturalist in the 21st century.

Corwin will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. Sponsored by the Central Program Council’s Issues Committee, the event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the University Center garage. Corwin will take audience members behind the scenes of his popular Animal Planet television show “The Jeff Corwin Experience.” He also will answer audience questions.

Corwin has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager. “The Jeff Corwin Experience” is one of cable television’s most popular shows, regularly reaching more than 13 million viewers in the United States, and is viewed in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Corwin has partnered with Animal Planet and Discovery Communications as host and executive producer of “The Jeff Corwin Experience” since 2000. He also serves as the executive producer of “Corwin’s Quest,” an adventure series that debuted in 2005. His first book, “Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World” is now available in paperback. His newest television show, “Into the West,” will explore the American West and its wildlife. When not in the field, Corwin lectures on wildlife, ecology and conservation to audiences across the U.S. He has also established an interactive museum and environmental education center called the EcoZone, based in Norwell, Mass.

Corwin has bachelor’s degrees in biology and anthropology from Bridgewater State College, and a master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries conservation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He was one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2002 and made a guest appearance as himself on the popular television series “CSI: Miami” in 2003. Other television appearances include the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CBS This Morning,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Oprah.”

In 2004, Corwin won an Emmy for best performer in a children’s series for “Jeff Corwin Unleashed.” Recently, Corwin hosted a series of CNN specials with Anderson Cooper, “Planet in Peril,” and continues to make appearances on CNN to discuss the problems facing our environment today.