Order the book or DVD: “Ray Bandar: A Life with Skulls”


If you’re interested in buying the book, “Ray Bandar and His Palace of Bones,” or the DVD, “Ray Bandar: A Life with Skulls,” please fill out the form on the page or just email me at bcataldo@gmail.com.
Thanks for your interest.
– Beth

Presentation on YouTube:
Here’s a link to the presentation at the library on January 31, 2018 if you missed it:

Film director Beth Cataldo and Cal Academy colleague Moe Flannery remember “Reptile Ray” Bandar. After giving a short biography of Ray Bandar and his work, Moe Flannery and Beth Cataldo sit down to discuss the film and answer audience questions about his life and the future of the skull collection.

When: Wednesday, 1/31/2018, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Where: Koret Auditorium
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
Link: https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1031021801

Doors open at 5:30pm.

He’s been called Dr. Bones and Reptile Ray. Usually dressed in tattered “field-trip” clothes, Ray Bandar was a fixture at the California Academy of Sciences and the beaches around the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 60 years.

Ray passed away peacefully in his home on December 23 of congestive heart failure. This showing is now a tribute to his life’s work.

“A Life with Skulls” captures Ray’s obsession for collecting skulls from local beaches, road kill, zoo animals and on field trips to Mexico, Australia and in the United States. This humorous movie investigates Bandar’s history as a skull collector, showing many of the thousands of skulls he has accumulated over the years, talking to Alkmene, his resilient wife, and touring the awe-inspiring Bone Palace.

“A Life with Skulls” is an inspiring look at a man who had a special tie to the natural world. You will be motivated to go out and explore it for yourself.

Screening followed by a Q&A with:

  • Beth Cataldo, Film director
  • Moe Flannery, Collections Manager of Birds and Mammals at the California Academy of Sciences

This is a Green Stacks event.

This is a Films & Videos program from SFPL. From feature films to youth-made videos, we’ve got something great to watch.