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Zöoprax Productions

Background Information

Employment History

Photojournalist
AXS TV

Affiliations

Advisory Board Member
The Vital Ground Foundation

Board Member
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

Web References (44 Total References)


Derek and Heather Reich Team Up for Grizzly Conservation - Vital Ground

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When Derek and Heather Reich captured an old male grizzly bear in a leg-hold snare trap, they knew they had to make a change.

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Photo by Derek Reich.
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Photo by Derek Reich.
"It was the most heartbreaking thing either one of us had ever seen," Derek said.
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"If a bear is in a snare he has to be drugged, he's not going to sit there and let you get him out," Derek said.
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Photo by Derek Reich.
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Photo by Derek Reich.
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"We'd leave it locked open for a week or two and just watch the video every day," Derek said. "We wanted them to be comfortable enough to walk in." If the bear fit the profile for relocation, they'd set the trap.
"That's wildlife biologist thinking. I was always thinking 'what's the best angle and the best light?'" Derek said.
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"I would always defer to Heather," Derek said.
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Derek and Heather now live in Heber City, Utah, with their two Karelian bear dogs, Orca and Sputnik.
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Heather is a veterinary technician, and Derek works for Dan Rather Reports, for which his cinematography won him an Emmy last year.
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In the late 90s, Derek met Doug and Lynne Seus, who sparked his interest in grizzly bears and his desire to help with conservation efforts.
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Derek was the director of photography for Animal Planet's "Growing Up Grizzly" films featuring Seus with Bart, Honey Bump, and Little Bart.
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Photo by Derek Reich.
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Photo by Derek Reich.
Derek has been a Vital Ground advisory member for over a decade and has contributed many images for Vital Ground projects.
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"Derek has done an enormous amount of camera work for Vital Ground," Seus said.
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"Derek still contributes his time and footage to and works with media to ensure responsible messages about bears."
Vital Ground Executive Director Gary Wolfe said Derek and Heather's work has provided tremendous benefits to Vital Ground.
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This year Derek and Heather helped launch Vital Ground's "Bears in the Modern World" video series, which features their remote camera work while working as trapping team for Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Derek the cameraman and Heather the biologist.
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This year Derek and Heather helped launch Vital Ground's "Bears in the Modern World" video series, which features their remote camera work while working as trapping team for Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Derek the cameraman and Heather the biologist.
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Derek continues to provide camera services for his "most valued nonprofit" and any other organizations doing "responsible conservation. None more than Vital Ground, he says.
"Vital Ground is the real deal," he said.
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Much of the photography on Vital Ground's website is provided by Derek Reich, owner and operator of Zöoprax Productions. Derek also provided all of the wildlife and habitat video footage for Vital Ground's 2008 mini-documentary "Strength of Connections."


Vital Ground

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Heather and Derek Reich

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Heather and Derek Reich
In this sequence Derek and Heather Reich share a beautiful fall video of bears being bears.
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Derek Reich is Heather's field partner, a professional photographer, and a Vital Ground advisory board member. More information at Zöoprax Productions.


Advisors | Vital Ground

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Derek Reich

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Derek Reich Derek Reich has been a freelance photographer for close to 30 years, working for every major news network as well as National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery and many others. Still photography is his passion and hobby, specializing in nature and landscape. In the late 90s he met Doug and Lynne Seus who sparked his interest in grizzly bears and his desire to help with conservation efforts. Derek has been an advisory member to Vital Ground for over a decade and has contributed many images to a variety of Vital Ground's projects. Derek was the director of photography for the Animal Planet series "Growing Up Grizzly," featuring the Sues' with Honey Bump and Bart.
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Derek still contributes his time and footage to Vital Ground and consults with media to ensure responsible messages in shows about bears.


2014 Business Partners | Vital Ground

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Much of the photography on Vital Ground's website is provided by Derek Reich, owner and operator of Zöoprax Productions. Derek also provided all of the wildlife and habitat video footage for Vital Ground's 2008 mini-documentary "Strength of Connections."


This special video was shot by ...

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This special video was shot by Vital Ground supporter Derek Reich of Zooprax Productions.

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