Brent Stirton@brentstirton

Special Correspondent Getty Images/Verbatim Photo

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This sad sight is an almost fully-formed #rhino #fetus taken from the womb of a dead female killed by poachers. 70% of all poached rhino are female and #pregnant. This doubles the number of rhino being lost in the current #poaching crisis, a fact that often goes unmentioned when numbers are reported. Females are more social and gregarious than bulls and are easier to track. Females also often have a calf with them and they will stay to defend the #calf rather than run away, that often makes them an easier target for poachers.
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#rhinofetus #babyrhino #rhinopoaching #killedrhino #liveforthestory @verbatimphoto

Klerksdorp
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Today is #WorldPangolinDay, here's one being sold on the road in #Cameroon. This is the world's most trafficked animal, a harmless, docile creature that eats ants with a tongue as long as it's body. It's scales are highly desirable in Asian medicine, one of the main reasons is their supposed ability to help with lactation for breastfeeding women, despite no scientific evidence for this. Over a million #pangolin have lost their lives to the trade in the last ten years.
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#pangolins #endangeredspecies #liveforthestory @verbatimphoto

Cameroon
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I met this gent singing for change at traffic lights in Johannesburg, he’s legally #blind and walked from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, South Africa with a group of 40 other blind people with a few sighted minders. They made this perilous, weeks-long illegal trek when Zim’s failed currency changed to the US dollar and they could no longer beg on the streets, people just couldn’t give them that much. Begging in S.A became their only means of survival. Needless to say, I left those lights without my #sunglasses. This group represents a real triumph of the human spirit for me. I hope they get to return home to a better #Zimbabwe soon.
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#legallyblind #africanalbino #albino #liveforthestory @verbatimphoto #shotoncanon

Johannesburg, Gauteng
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VIRUNGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF #CONGO: An archive pic at Senkwekwe #Gorilla Orphanage as caretakers interact with a newly #orphaned Western Lowland gorilla. It is suspected that this orphan was taken by Congolese soldiers who killed the mother to get the baby. When they were unable to sell it, the orphan was abandoned and the #conservation rangers rescued it. Wounds from a rope were evident on its chest and back, the baby gorilla recovered, living full time with these doting caretakers who slept in the enclosure, caring for him like a human child. This little guy was eventually able to join a group of Western Lowland gorillas in another facility and become part of that group.
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#babygorilla #orphanedgorilla #virunga @virunganationalpark @verbatimphoto #liveforthestory

Parc National Virunga, RD Congo
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A member of the “American’s” #gang is seen in a Western Cape prison yard in South Africa. According to Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, 2.1 million serious crimes were reported in South Africa between 2016 and 2017. Gang related crime contributed significantly to this in the Cape Province of the country. Nearly 400 policemen were killed in the same period, making SA one of the most dangerous places to be a cop.
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#prisongang #prison #prisonyard #crimesouthafrica #liveforthestory @verbatimphoto

Cape Town, Western Cape
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This picture is in solidarity with today's bombing in #Kabul, Afghanistan. The NY Times reports that a bomb detonated in an ambulance killed at least 95 and wounded 158. As usual, most of the victims are civilians. One of thousands of casualties of the Afghan conflict, this young #mother lost her husband in a previous #bombing, one #child was killed and her surviving daughter badly #injured. She begs with her wounded child to survive. It is believed that the recent wave of violence is connected to Trump’s withdrawal of hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan and the increase in the US operational tempo against the Taliban. It’s no mystery why so many Afghans are amongst the waves of immigrants trying to find a new home in Europe.
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#photojournalism #afghan @verbatimphoto #liveforthestory

Kabul, Afghanistan
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Chinko, Central African Republic: A local man carries an American hunter’s #Bongo antelope trophy from the jungle. In a complex interweaving, #hunting and #conservation worked hand in hand in #Chinko, the last truly wild area in embattled Central African Republic. This is one of the hardest places to practice conservation. The L.R.A and Sudanese elephant poachers combine with constant armed pastoralist pressure to make life difficult for the small, heroic team who looks after a wilderness twice the size of Yellowstone. Money from small-scale hunting has gone towards employment and also towards conservation. The hunting was performed sustainably and was in place before African Parks began to assist the Chinko Preserve. It’s a scenario where hunters and conservationists worked together for a common good. Since 2015 when Africa Parks took over, hunting ended in Chinko in an effort to stabilize the area.
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#liveforthestory @verbatimphoto #antelopetrophy

Central African Republic
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As part of an ongoing series on #sight, I shot this dignified #Ovambo #elder on the border of Angola and Namibia. He had travelled a long distance from his village in Southern Angola, hearing of a “miracle” doctor who could restore his sight. Three days later and after 6 years in the dark, he did indeed see again, thanks to Dr Helena Ndume and her mission to eradicate #blindness. “Now I will see my children and look again at my wife, I am no longer useless.” he said to me.
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#drhelenandume @verbatimphoto #liveforthestory #restoreeyesight

Namibia
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Sing River, Minkebi National Park, Gabon: An anti-poaching #ranger from #Gabon Parc’s #bathes in the Sing River while on a two week patrol deep inside #Minkebi National Park. These men were looking for illegal gold miners who operate deep inside the reserve. Minkebi has rich gold deposits and weak borders that mean a constant influx of these illegal miners, mostly from Cameroon. At one point there were over 6000 miners in the park, this had a devastating effect on the forest elephant population who’s ivory remains a side industry for these miners.
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#liveforthestory @verbatimphoto #illegalmining

Gabon
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China has declared they will ban their domestic Ivory trade from 2018. Hopefully this will mark a turning point in the terrible decimation of elephants. This image shows some of the very last #Tuskers, #elephants with great genetic properties leading to size and weight and, in my opinion, wisdom. There are so few of these great elephants left their numbers are now in single digits. They are the first to be killed for their massive #ivory and as a result elephants have lost their best DNA and the social and survival skills these great elephants would have brought to the herd.
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#chinabansivorytrade #liveforthestory @verbatimphoto

Kenya
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Thank you to all those #men and women who safeguard our environment while the rest of us take an oblivious break over the holidays. I hope that 2018 will bring a greater #appreciation for what you do.
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#ranger #thankyou #liveforthestory @verbatimphoto


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#AL-MAZRAQ, YEMEN: I photographed Abbas at the Al-Mazraq IDP camp for civil war victims. This innocent 8 year old was evacuating from the Sa'ada region when his uncle stepped on a landmine. Shrapnel from the mine, ordinance from the war between the Saudi Coalition forces and the Al-Houthi Shiite group, sprayed into Abbas's chest and blinded him in one eye. The camp they now live in was devastated by a Saudi air strike last year, an attack Human Rights Watch called a war crime. Abbas represents one of thousands of children at dire risk in a conflict largely ignored by the rest of the world." Please support @humanrightswatch if you can, they are a truly worthy organization.
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#landminevictims #idpcamp #refugees @verbatimphoto #canon5dmarkiii

Yemen
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