Photographers Against Wildlife Crime in a project coordinated by an international group of award-winning photographers who decided to unite and use powerful pictures to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade.
Wildlife crime is one of the world’s top criminal activities. It ranks alongside drugs, arms, and human trafficking. The photographer aims to inform as many people as possible since some still aren’t aware of how big of a problem this is. “Most of the world does not even know what’s going on with its planet. It is still solvable,” claims Brent Stirton, one of the photographers taking part in this project.
They 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 distribution in China which could make a valuable contribution towards a constructive dialogue with consumers; and Third, they hope to raise funds for charities whose mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes.
In Zimbabwe, a member of an all-female anti-poaching unit stands guard. Each and every day, these women face the harsh reality of conservation at the front line, whilst being mothers.
An NGO, Care for Wild Africa, volunteer comforts a baby rhino after undergoing treatment for injuries caused by hyenas. The rhino was orphaned after its mother was killed by poachers but was luckier than most as many calves, who see their mothers killed. They are also attacked by the poachers, using machetes to break their spines so they cannot run away.
A gorilla in the hands of her caregiver as they drive to a new and larger sanctuary Ape Action Africa in Cameroon, run for the care of orphaned or captive apes.
On April 30, 2016, Kenya staged its biggest ever ivory burn when rangers burned 105 tons at Nairobi National Park to stop poachers from selling it.
African Elephant Loxodonta, photographed at Abu Camp in Botswana. The mahout (handler) who has raised the orphan, has a trusted bond with him. The elephants are raised to maturity and released as part of a long-term study of rehabilitated animals.
This orphaned baby gorilla who was for sale in a Cameroon bushmeat market was traded by the photographer for a worthless ring and taken to a sanctuary at the other end of the country where he died a few months later.
Thandi, a female white rhino lost her horn to poachers.She 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. He then released back into the wild. Jipe successfully bred and raised cubs in Tsavo, Kenya, but was unfortunately murdered by poachers soon after this photo was taken.
This three-month-old pup was for sale in a market in southern Tunisia. Fennec foxes are captured for the illegal pet trade.
A captive-bred Philippine eagle hand fed at The Philippine Eagle Center. Because of their loss of habitat due to deforestation, these eagles are critically endangered. Some of the captive-bred birds have been released back into the wild.
In Acre, Brazil, the smoldering remains of an area of Amazon rainforest was cleared for cattle ranching.
An aerial view of indigenous land in the region of Altamira in the Brazilian Amazon that was cleared for illegal logging.