Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - At a Kara village, Omo River Valley, Ethiopia - here I witnessed an Orwak ceremony, an invitation from a village headman to watch soothsayers foretell the future by reading the entrails of a goat. A sacrificial ram was slaughtered and receiving the carcass, the soothsayers spread its cleaned entrails across an upturned calabash. They predicted a good spate for the Omo River and another year of bountiful crops. It’s humbling to bear witness to traditional ceremonies like this. The very real fear is that these are very quickly being replaced by other and more destructive forms of magic. Ethiopian telecommunications companies are erecting cell-phone towers in the Omo River Valley for Turkish and Korean agribusiness, along with the construction of more new roads built with foreign financing. To see more follow me @chancellordavid@natgeo and @thephotosociety#omorivervalley#ethiopia#kara
Photo by @robindmoore / Did you know there are only 68 Javan Rhinos left in the world, and even fewer published photographs of them? That’s what makes these photographs of a beautiful and elusive animal so special. . I was fortunate enough to capture a series of images during a joint trip with @global_wildlife_conservation and @wwf_id, with permission from Indonesia’s @tnujungkulon . . These are the first ever images of a mud-bathing Javan Rhino offer a glimpse into the lives of one of the rarest and most elusive animals on Earth. . Check out @global_wildlife_conservation ‘s stories to tap through Robin‘s first-hand account of the once-in-a-lifetime journey to find this rhino. And follow our account to learn more about how you can help protect this beautiful animal over #GivingTuesday
In the picture: A young Magnificent Frigate bird is seen at Marismas Nacionales-San Blas mangroves, a mangrove ecoregion of the Pacific coast of Mexico. 📷 @johnnovis (2002)
The Magnificent Frigate bird species is endangered and high on the watch list for a species most at risk of extinction without significant conservation actions to reverse declines and reduce threats. The home of the Magnificent Frigate bird are mangrove forests, one of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems. More than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone. The figure is as high as 50% in countries such as India, the Philippines, and Vietnam, while in the Americas they are being cleared at a rate faster than tropical rainforests. Threats to mangrove forests and their habitats include: clearing, over harvesting, river changes (dams and irrigation), overfishing, destruction of coral reefs, pollution and climate change. #magnificentfrigatebird#sanblas #mangroves#everydayextinction #everydayclimatechange#biodiversity #conservation#extinction #conservationoptimism #conservationphotography #endangeredspecies
Photo by @luksth . The Ecuadorian Chocó is located in Northwest Ecuador. Influenced by the Andes, the huge precipitations that brings the Equatorial marine current in the area, and its position in the Equatorial line makes this ecosystem one of the 25 Global Biodiversity Hotspots. This means it has a countless number of different species, many of them endemic – species that only occur there! Sadly, less than 5% of the Ecuadorian Chocó remains intact, what makes it, together with Madagascar, the most threatened rainforests on Earth! Its main threats? Oil palm crops, illegal hunting, wildlife traffic, and deforestation. . Despite that Ecuador occupies only 0.2% of the Earth’s land surface, yet contains 10% of known plant species, which is the greatest number per unit area of any country in the world. But in contrast, Ecuador also has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation estimated at over 300,000 hectares (3%) per year. At this rate, the country can be completely deforested within 30 years! And approximately 70 percent of the Ecuadorian domestic timber comes directly from the Ecuadorian Chocó. This happens mainly by the existence of valuable hardwood species in the area, like Breadnuts, Black Manwoods and many more. . . . . . #everydayextinction#biodiversity#extinction#nature#deforestation#logging#conservation#choco#savethechoco#Ecuador#conservationphotography#Esmeraldas@save_the_choco
Please read the caption, thanks to all those who engaged with this issue ❤️💚👍🏿👍🏼 - Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a black rhino killed in the north of Liwonde National Park, Malawi, the poacher sliced off its face, is held by a ranger from African Parks @africanparksnetwork - BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has postponed the lifting of a ban on the trade of rhino horn and tiger parts for medicine and other uses, the government said today, Monday (Nov 12), after a storm of protest from conservation groups over a plan to water down the decades-old prohibition. In October, the State Council issued a circular replacing a 1993 ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhinoceros horn, opening up exceptions under "special circumstances", including medical “research” - lifting of the ban would have been disastrous for endangered rhino and tiger populations globally, which are already under critical pressure from a black market supplying the traditional medicine trade; even if the animal parts were only sourced from those bred in captivity, it would most certainly have resulted in increased poaching of wild populations pushing them closer to extinction. China banned trade in tiger bones and rhino horns 25 years ago as part of global efforts to save the animals, that ban is now back in place. Thank you to all those brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect the planets wildlife. I hope by reversing this decision China will as a result be saving many many lives across all species, including our own. Please share and spread at least a little good news 💚💚 @africanparksnetwork@thephotosociety@everydayextinction@natgeo#notrade#noextinction
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Golden eagle chick, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - these guys are incredibly important to the ecosystem and yet many in the highlands see them as pests as they take large numbers of grouse, rabbit, hare, and young deer given the opportunity. We climbed down to this nest towards the end of July accompanying the licensed ringer who weighed, measured and ringed both the chicks in this nest; and yes he is very much watching me, I was after all pretty much sharing his nest 😏💚❤️ Both have now fledged and will compliment the enormous biodiversity of this region. It’s vital that estates here support these populations rather than persecute them - to see more from here and elsewhere, follow me @chancellodavid@thephotosociety@everydayextinction#cairngormsnationalpark#scotland#agamekeeperslife
Image by @shanegrossphoto for @everydayextinction - Two men settle a debt using fish as currency next to a conch midden (pile of shells). This area of Grand Bahama Island has suffered major economic hardships in recent years. Fishing is one of the only jobs available while fish and conch stocks plummet. While on assignment with The Nature Conservancy Caribbean @nature_caribbean@nature_org I had the chance to listen to many fisherman and others in the fishing industry. According to them The Bahamian government is corrupt to the point that fisheries violations are often ignored and, sometimes, even encouraged. Old-timers told stories of how easy fishing was when they were young compared to now. We are a part of nature and we will pay a price for our mistreatment of our own environment, indeed many already are.
Image by @antonsrkn - It is disturbing to see wildlife making its home amidst human generated waste however it is becoming increasingly prevalent. There are few if any environments entirely free of pollution. As their habitat is clogged up by waste, animals either adapt to the new human induced conditions or die out. Some species are able to persist while others are not so fortunate and disappear from these heavily modified landscapes. This wetland in North Carolina was used as a dumping ground for tires. I was curious to see what species were still present in this contaminated wetland and after many repeat visits eventually came across this Plain-bellied watersnake coiled up on one of the tires, a far cry from its natural habitat. We can all do our part to help prevent situations like this by properly disposing of all of our trash and donating to or participating in clean up events sponsored by organizations like the nature conservancy @nature_org#everydayextinction#biodiversity#extinction#Pollution#reuse#Recycle#Environment#anthropocene#conservationphotography
@lauren.o.lambert An endangered Atlantic Salmon swims up the current in Machias Maine during the spawning season of October 2018. “Maine is launching a new program to help pay for conservation work that benefits Atlantic salmon with money from fees for road and bridge projects. The Atlantic Salmon Restoration and Conservation Program can help support the fish's recovery. Maine's most active location for salmon is the Penobscot River, which is home to America's largest remaining run of the fish. The number of salmon returning to the river every year is closely monitored and has mostly wavered between a few hundred and 2,000 over the past 10 years. The salmon program was made possible by an agreement between the state, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.” Text taken from the New York Times. This photo will be used by the New England Forestry Foundation who is protecting forests that clean and cool water in Maine rivers that provide critical salmon habitat.
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Amur tiger, Russia’s Far East - I thought it worth following on with another of the planets magnificent creatures that will be directly and catastrophically effected by China’s extraordinary decision on the 29.10.19 - if you are not aware of that decision please do make an effort to be aware - Russia’s Far East is home to 95 percent of the global population of Amur tigers; I was lucky enough to work there in 2005. A census that year showed that there were between 423 to 502 individuals. A decade later, according to an interim survey released by the russian government, the population had increased to 540 individuals. Recent anti-poaching efforts have been integral to the rise in tiger numbers, with tougher punishments and the introduction of criminal charges for the illegal hunting, storage and trafficking of endangered animals and their parts. Poaching is the greatest threat to wild tigers today with tiger parts still in high demand throughout Asia. In the 1940s, the population of Amur tigers fell to just 40 animals, but the population was brought back from the brink through conservation efforts and a ban on tiger hunting. Interestingly, and worryingly, a broad genetic sampling of 95 wild Russian tigers found markedly low genetic diversity, with the effective population size extraordinarily low in comparison to the census population size; with the population behaving as if it were just 27–35 individuals. This reflects the recent population crash of the 1940s and correlated to low documented cub survivorship to independence in the Russian Far East, and the fact that more than 90% of the population occurs in the Sikhote Alin mountain region, and there is little genetic exchange (movement of Tigers) across the development corridor which separates this sub-population from the much smaller subpopulation found in southwest Primorye province. This low genetic diversity is becoming an increasing problem across a multitude of species as populations crash, and are then brought back from the brink of extinction. To see more of my work and projects follow me here @chancellordavid@natgeo@thephotosociety@everydayextinction
Hunters have cut off a Macaw's beak, so that it will not bite anymore after being poached. It was rescued, however it cannot be released back into the wild in its current condition. Colombia has 62 829 species, a figure that is constantly updated; it occupies the second place in biodiversity in the world; the first in bird species; the second in amphibians, butterflies and freshwater fish; the third in reptiles and the fourth in mammals. This wealth makes it a tempting destination for wildlife trafficking, one of the most profitable and harmful illegal businesses in the world.
Although it is the main concern, and in spite of the existing legislation and the measures adopted so far to guarantee its protection, it is assumed that illegal trafficking continues to be of great magnitude, but due to the illicit nature of the activity, to the few available figures on their extraction and commercialization, and on the few resources available to environmental authorities, there are no patterns that allow establishing the biological impact for each species, as well as on ecosystems.
The illegal traffic and high demand of wildlife for domestic holding and consumption are some of the factors for the threat of extinction of many species in Colombia, as well as the destruction of their habitats, the pollution and indiscriminate hunting.