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April 1, 2018

Film directors who are passionate about wildlife conservation have a visually creative and emotional way of engaging people when storytelling, and always with the hope that it will inspire audiences to make change. Adrien Favre, a photographer and director, does so with flair, subtlety and beautiful direction of photography that pulls on heartstrings, making it easy to empathise with the struggles of our fellow animals....

March 26, 2018

As part of my involvement with the WWF Earth Hour campaign, I chat with Vamp about photography, social media and conservation advocacy.

January 31, 2018

but the end of the global trade is far from over. A look into what lies ahead after China's ivory trade ban.

October 10, 2017

The wild elephants in China are seeing a strong increase in numbers and afforded the highest protections while the population of their African cousins are plummeting at alarming rates, driven largely by China's demand for ivory.

In China, deep in the forests bordering Burma and Laos, live a few hundred wild Asian elephants. Over the last two decades, in the ‘Wild Elephant Valley’ of the Yunnan province, their numbers have almos...

September 22, 2017

Lake Victoria, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, is struggling to survive due to overfishing, pollution and urbanisation.

The morning air is misty and the air is clearing. I’m sitting in a fisherman’s canoe in the Lake Victoria basin in Uganda, drifting through papyrus reeds while pied kingfishers and long-tailed cormorants balance themselves on flimsy branches. Yellow-billed ducks fly over Nymphaea capensis wate...

August 28, 2017

With a wave of the mahout’s hand, the heavily-saddled elephant lifts its front leg and allows the handler to climb on top of him. Tourists wait nearby, lining up to go on a ride of a lifetime, on the back of an elephant. Outwardly, the elephants seem to be healthy and happy. Behind the scenes, however, a much crueler state of affairs exists.

When the elephants aren’t working, they’re likely to be kept inside concrete pens and s...

August 4, 2017

There are no easy answers and no clear paths ahead to ensure the African elephant survives, but the tides are changing in the right direction.

This morning, two tons of ivory were crushed in a public event in Central Park in New York. Organised by the State's Department of Environmental Conservation, the confiscated ivory, worth approximately $10 million, is said to have come from approximately 100 poached elephants.

The powde...

June 27, 2017

The tallest land animal on the planet is plummeting at an alarming rate and heading towards extinction.

A long, patterned neck stretches out into the prickly foliage of an umbrella acacia tree. Regally crowned with furry ossicones, her long eyelashes bat in the sun as she gracefully walks to a branch and tears the leaves and buds from their thorny stems.

Their place in the ‘charismatic megafauna’ group has ensured they’ve receiv...

March 19, 2017

Flat-footed and massive-winged, they soar majestically on thermals -- some gliding more than 160 kilometres a day -- and keep the savannah's fine balance in check. Botfly larvae, rotting skin, anthrax and rabies -- they'll clean it all up. Tough and not afraid to fight, they'll swoop, pounce and caw at anyone getting in their way, including their much larger contemporaries, the hyena and jackal. Anyone except the human, it wou...

March 11, 2017

“Will the ivory burn? You must be sure of that,” President Moi said, cautiously.

In 1989, the President of Kenya was concerned about this operational issue as much as the potential reaction of Kenyan citizens if he were to make twelve tonnes of ivory go up in flames. When Richard Leakey – the head of Kenya’s Wildlife Conservation and Management Department at the time – discussed the idea with him, Moi was hesitant and fearful i...

March 5, 2017

For the African Forest Elephant Foundation.

The African Forest Elephant is plummeting to extinction significantly faster than its savannah counterparts.

Photo: dsg-photo.com

There is no doubt that the world understands the situation of the ivory trade and the injustice that courses through its veins. Like an antiquated phenomenon, poaching, and the selfish demand that fuels it, continues to run rampant in today’s modern age. Wit...

February 25, 2017

An incessant honking permeates the warm, thick, sulphur-smelling air.  Monotone calls echo across the lake while thousands of lesser flamingos create a vibrant sea of pink in the alkaline waters of Bogoria.

The Eastern Rift Valley lakes are home to 75% of the world’s lesser flamingo population.

Millions of years ago, in the wake of volcanic activity that tore up a large part of Africa, beautiful depressions, highlands and valley...

February 24, 2017

Behind the scenes, and behind the lenses, lie some of the most critical gatekeepers for bringing conservation issues to the fore, and whom bring powerful and beautiful cinematography to us. I catch up with Russell MacLaughlin, a cinematographer and conservationist who has worked on many films of the well-known greats including National Geographic, Animal Planet and now Disney Nature. He shares some of his incredibly moving pho...

January 31, 2017

The blades of a helicopter whir against the blue of the African sky. The barrel of an AK-47 juts out the door. The helicopter is loaded with a highly agile and responsive team, complete with night-vision goggles, GPS equipment and other weaponry. The helicopter is scouting for elephants.

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