Photographers against wildlife crime - it’s the name of a recent project by an international group of award-winning photographers who decided to unite and use their powerful pictures to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade.
Wildlife crime is one of the world’s top criminal activities, ranked alongside drugs, arms, and human trafficking. These photographers aim to spread this important message in order to inform as many people as possible since some still aren’t aware of how big of a problem this actually is. “Most of the world doesn’t’ even know what’s going on with its own planet. It’s still solvable,” claims Brent Stirton, one of the photographers taking part in this project.
Initiators have three main goals during this project. First, the photos will be put together into one book and released in May 2018. Second, it will also be released in Mandarin for a distribution in China which could make a valuable contribution towards a constructive dialogue with consumers. And finally, with those books they hope to raise funds for charities whose mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes.
A member of an all female anti-poaching unit, set up in Zimbabwe. Every day, these women face the harsh reality of conservation at the front line, whilst being mothers.
A volunteer with the NGO, Care for Wild Africa, comforts a baby rhino after undergoing treatment for injuries caused by hyenas. The rhino was orphaned after its mother was killed by poachers. She was luckier than most as many calves who see their mothers killed are also attacked by the poachers, using machetes to break their spines so they cannot run away.
A gorilla in the hands of her carer as they drive to a new and larger sanctuary run for the care of orphaned or captive apes rescued by Ape Action Africa in Cameroon.
On April 30, 2016, Kenya staged its biggest ever ivory burn. Rangers burnt 105 tons at Nairobi National Park to stop poachers from selling it.
African Elephant Loxodonta, photographed at Abu Camp in Botswana. The mahout who has raised the orphan from SA has a trusted bond. The Elephants are raised to maturity and released as part of a long term study of rehabilitated animals.
This orphaned baby gorilla on sale in a Cameroon bush meat market was traded by the photographer for a worthless ring and taken to a sanctuary at the other end of the country. It died a few months later.
Thandi, the female white rhino who lost her horn to poachers, has become a symbol of survival in the fight against rhino poaching.
Tony Fitzjohn, conservationist, and protege of George Adamson, with Jipe, a lion he raised from orphaned cub to full adult in three years and then released back into the wild. Jipe successfully bred and raised cubs in Tsavo, Kenya, but was murdered by poachers soon after this photo was taken.
Fennec foxes are captured for the illegal pet trade. This three-month-old pup was for sale in a market in southern Tunisia.