For 25 years, from 1962 until 1987, Warren and Genevieve (Genny) Garst spent at least nine months a year shooting film footage for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, the country's preeminent wildlife and adventure documentary television series. In his role as photographer Warren created over 20,000 images of animals, people, and places across all seven continents. The library’s archival collection contains correspondence between Warren and Genny, research materials, Warren's writings including drafts and index cards for his zoology dictionary Zoolexicon, and their photographic slide collection. This digital collection consists primarily of images of animals dating from 1955 to 1987. More than 600 species are represented. The collection also includes diaries and letters; an interview of the Garsts from 2001; and recordings describing killer whales hunting elephant seals, encounters with gorillas when Warren worked with primatologist Dian Fossey, and an encounter with a cheetah and her cubs.

See also the Garst collection website which includes information about the collection and a searchable database of images. https://lib2.colostate.edu/wildlife/

Recent Submissions

  • Elephant seals and killer whales - Warren Garst 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:undated
    Warren Garst describes killer whales hunting elephant seals and capturing them on a beach in Argentina.
  • Gorilla encounters - Warren Garst 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:undated
    Warren Garst describes encounters he had with gorillas and their behavior when he was working with primatologist and conservationist Dian Fossey.
  • Cheetah motherhood - Genny Garst 

    Contributor:Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013
    Date:undated
    Genevieve "Genny" Garst describes an encounter she, Warren Garst, and George Frame had with a cheetah and her cubs.
  • Warren Garst diary, 1984 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:1984-01-01-1984-10-30
    Warren Garst's diary from 1984. Garst describes personal activities, professional planning, and professional activities at home in Chicago. Personal activities, research, and filming for "Wild Kingdom" in Colorado, Montana, ...
  • Letter from Warren Garst to Genevieve Garst 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:1983-12-03-1983-12-16
    A series of letters from Warren to Genevieve Garst combined by Garst into one document describing filming for "Wild Kingdom" with conservationist and environmentalist Dian Fossey at the Karisoke Research Center. The letter ...
  • Warren Garst diary, 1971 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:1971-01-01-1971-09-21
    Warren Garst's diary from 1971. Garst describes personal activities, professional planning, and professional activities at home in Chicago. Personal activities, research, and filming for "Wild Kingdom" in Colorado, Minnesota, ...
  • Warren Garst diary, 1979 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:1979
    Warren Garst's diary from 1979. Garst describes personal activities, professional planning, and professional activities at home in Chicago. Personal activities, research, and filming for "Wild Kingdom" in Colorado, Gambia, ...
  • Warren Garst diary, 1975 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:1975
    Warren Garst's diary from 1975. Garst describes personal activities, professional planning, and professional activities at home in Chicago. Personal activities, research, and filming for "Wild Kingdom" in Colorado, Zanzibar, ...
  • Genny Garst diary, 1965 

    Contributor:Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013
    Date:1965-08-19-1965-10-18
    Genevieve "Genny" Garst's diary of her experiences in Guyana. Genny Garst assisted her husband Warren Garst in the filming of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom". Their twenty-five year career took them to all seven continents. ...
  • Warren Garst 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1957?
  • Warren Garst 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1957?
  • Garst, Warren and Genevieve : oral history 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016; Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013Williams, Jim;
    Date Recorded:2001-11-06
    Jim Williams, KUNC radio station, interviews Warren and Genny Garst on November 6, 2001. Interview topics include the Warren and Genevieve Garst Photographic Collection, the Garsts' careers and backgrounds, and experiences ...
  • Celebration of life for Warren Garst, wildlife photographer 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date Recorded:2016-09-23
    CSU alumnus (Zoology '63) Garst, who passed away on July 12, 2016, is remembered as a talented and adventurous individual by those who knew him. Garst and his wife Genny, who helped introduce computers to Colorado State, ...
  • Pallas's fishing eagle standing on branch 

    Contributor:Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013; Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:1974-01
  • White-necked stork in flight 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016; Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013
    Date:1958-1988
  • Japanese macaque sitting close up 

    Contributor:Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013; Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:1972-12
  • Two greylag geese in flight 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016; Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013
    Date:1958-1988
  • European beaver sitting in snow close up 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016; Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013
    Date:1974-04
  • Red deer buck bugling 

    Contributor:Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013; Garst, Warren, 1922-2016
    Date:1982-11
  • Snowy sheathbill standing on ground 

    Contributor:Garst, Warren, 1922-2016; Garst, Genevieve Sherwin, 1922-2013
    Date:1976-01

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