born: in Birmingham, AL
Mann a graduate of Auburn University is the only person in Alabama to be twice-named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year (1981 and ‘91). According to The Pope and Young Club (a national bow hunting and wild life conservation organization who maintains the records of bow harvested animals), he is the only bow hunter in the world to take a Grizzly Bear, a Kodiak Brown Bear, a Black Bear and two Polar Bears that were all in the top five in the world when taken. He has been recognized by the International Game Fish Association with twenty-one world records in flyfishing. He created, developed, financed and built the Mann Museum and Outdoors, one of the state’s outstanding vehicles for promoting wildlife conservation. The museum features more than 250 exhibits of full size mounted wildlife, as well as saltwater and freshwater fish, reptiles and insects from North America . The museum originally located in Opelika, was moved to Montgomery in February 2003 to become a part of the Montgomery Zoo.