Wildlife Crime – Photographers unite to denounce crimes against nature

With the Photographers Against Wildlife Crime project, world-renowned photographers come together to denounce the heinous crimes and actions against nature and animals, as well as to raise funds for protection and education.

Traffic of protected animals, abusive exploitation of animals, traffic of rhinoceros horns or elephant tusks, forbidden fisheries, deforestation, hunting of endangered species, the list of the crimes is endless. Initiated by Britta Jaschinski and Keith Wilson, the Photographers Against Wildlife Crime project aims to raise awareness on this tragic reality with the images of 19 famous photographers in one book. You can support this powerful project, currently being funded on Kickstarter.

Fennec foxes are captured for the illegal pet trade. This three-month-old pup was for sale in a market in southern Tunisia. Photograph: Bruno D’Amicis/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
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On 30 April 2016, Kenya staged its biggest ever ivory burn – 105 tonnes at Nairobi national park. Photograph: Charlie Hamilton James/National Geographic/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
This bull elephant will end his life in chains in Nepal’s Chitwan national park, a consequence of having killed five mahouts during his lifetime. Photograph: Patrick Brown/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
A thresher shark caught in a gillnet in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Tens of millions of sharks die each year as victims of fishing by-catch or to satisfy the demand for shark fin soup. Photograph: Brian Skerry/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
This orphaned baby gorilla for 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. Photograph: Karl Ammann/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
Approximately 4,000 pangolins defrosting after their seizure, hidden inside a shipping container at a port in Sumatra, Indonesia. This was one of the largest seizures of the animals on record. Pangolin scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine and their flesh is regarded as a delicacy. Photograph: Paul Hilton/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
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 in Kruger national park. 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. Photograph: Brent Stirton/Getty Images Reportage/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
Confiscated rhino hooves of two adults (male and female) and one calf. The US Fish and Wildlife Service stores 1.3 million seized items at a warehouse in Colorado. Photograph: Britta Jaschinski/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
Three times a day, this orangutan steps from its cage into the limelight, dressed in a costume to accompany a clown at Chimelong International Circus in China. Bornean orangutans are critically endangered. Many are captured from the wild for the illegal pet trade and sadly some end up on stage performing. Audiences are often unaware of the level of cruelty these animals face – enduring brutal training, neglect and abuse. Photograph: Britta Jaschinski/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
An aerial view of indigenous land in the region of Altamira in the Brazilian Amazon, cleared for illegal logging. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
The mahout who has raised this elephant orphan from SA has formed a trusted bond. The elephants are raised to maturity and released as part of a long term study of rehabilitated animals in Abu Camp, Okavango, Botswana. Photograph: Chris Packham/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
Thandi, the female white rhino who lost her horn to poachers, has become a symbol of survival in the fight against rhino poaching. Photograph: Neil Aldridge/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
Endangered ring-tailed lemurs at Whenzou Zoo, in Zhejiang, China. Conservationists place this species numbers at as few as 2,000 individuals in the wild due to habitat loss, poaching and hunting. Photograph: Zheng Xiaoqun/Photographers Against Wildlife Crime/Wildscreen
Images © Photographers Against Wildlife Crime (respective photographers)source

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