David Chancellor@chancellordavid

Mapping that jagged and bloody line where Man and Beast meet for @natgeo and others.


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David Chancellor

The essence of Nyae Nyae, the San - a while ago I had the enormous privilege to work and hunt with the San in Nyae Nyae, Namibia whilst on assignment for @natgeo - This is one of the most precious and extraordinary ecosystems I’ve ever been to. A private client has now just commissioned a very limited edition of 18 books of this work and presented me with the opportunity to both relive this time, and also work with one of my favourite humans designing and making this work live again in a very different format. Thanks Victor Levie @levievandermeer - http://www.levievandermeer.nl - for your amazing work this week, and the San for being the San, utterly precious and unique. Humbled by both experiences 👍🏼👍🏿💚 #noextinction #namibia @everydayextinction @thephotosociety @natgeo @filmsnotdead


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the northern Cape, South Africa #southafrica


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Here’s a happy story 👍🏼👍🏿🙏🏼💚🦏 - Relocating black rhino, Eastern Cape, South Africa - it may not appear less stressful to move them this way (for the rhino anyway) but believe me it is. In this huge relocation from a National Park in South Africa to another undisclosed location, black rhino were darted from the helicopter and once tranquillised, lifted by the same helicopter from the impenetrable bush the short distance to another waiting vet team, where they were woken, and placed into trucks for the tar road journey to their new home. The alternative option of trying to extract them by hand, road, foot, from the dense bush would have been far more stressful than a short sleepy flight. Worth pointing out that this extraordinary team had zero injuries, zero fatalities during the entire move of these amazing creatures. Worth also noting that this type of relocation was carried out by the US air crews during the Vietnam war when moving elephant. Then they used a Huey. We also had the pleasure of using the same aircraft here. To see more follow me here @chancellordavid @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction


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I have no idea how many rhino poaching incidents I’ve attended over the years, but definitely too many. This one has always stuck in my mind. This was a single rhino brought on to land to show hope for the species, by no means a ‘pet’ it was still attributed the status of a member of the family. It’s gentle walks along the fence line always drew the odd spectator, and it was this that was in the end it’s downfall. It was buried as if a member of the family and for me it was exactly this visual comparison that established his passing so indelibly in my mind. Eastern Cape, South Africa. @thephotosociety @everydayextinction @natgeo #notrade #nopoaching


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Photograph by David Chancellor - holding extinction in the palm of your hand, the Pink Pigeon, Mauritius - The pink pigeon is currently classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, having been downlisted from Endangered in 2018 and Critically Endangered in 2000. Due to habitat destruction and introduced predators, the population had dropped to 10 in 1991. Since 1970, populations of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have declined by on average 60% according to WWF, and one in eight bird species are threatened with global extinction. Carl Jones, a biologist arrived on the island of Mauritius in the 70s, his work on the island of the dodo is a source of inspiration in an age of extinction.The captive breeding and reintroduction program initiated by him, and supported by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and largely carried out by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, has resulted in a population now numbering about 400 in the wild (2018) as well as a healthy captive population as backup. Habitat degradation, introduced predators, and wildlife disease are the major ongoing threats to the pink pigeon's survival. Only 2% of the native forest remains in Mauritius, with the majority of these remaining forests on upland slopes around the Black River Gorge National Park. An ongoing concern faced by the pink pigeon, as by many endangered species that exist in small remnant populations, is inbreeding depression. Jones controversial, but phenomenal work has saved more species than probably any other individual - great piece here on his work here, we need more like him 💚 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/26/its-very-easy-to-save-a-species-how-carl-jones-rescued-more-endangered-animals-than-anyone-else @thephotosociety @everydayextinction @natgeo


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Zulu warrior, South Africa - from many moons ago.


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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Hamar tribe, Omo, Ethiopia - Hamar women roll their locks with fat and red ochre (assile) and then twist them into crimson-colored dreds called goscha. Married and engaged women wear two heavy iron rings around their necks called esente, but if they are the first wife of a man an additional torque with a phallic protrusion known as a binyere is worn. Women also decorate themselves with cowrie shells, glass, seed and metal beads, and wear beaded goat skin frocks that cover their upper body. As visitor numbers increase not only to the Hamar, but also to other tribes in the Omo, many believe this contact will undermine their cultural values, but the Hamar continue to marry only from within the tribe, and scorn those who refuse to take part in tribal ceremonies. There is a school of thought that limited tourism is one way that they can be preserved, as the money from tourists helps to pay for the cattle-leaping ceremonies, and the tourists' attention gives the Hamar pride in their customs and culture which they then maintain. This of course doesn’t take in to account the multitude of other challenges they, along with other tribes from the Omo, will face in the future, including the presence of Gibe III, but does offer a glimmer of hope for the survival of these extraordinary people and their magnificent cultures. #ethiopia #omoriver #hamar @c41magazine.it @everydayextinction @thephotosociety @natgeo


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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - from a Karo village, on the banks of the Omo, Ethiopia - fascinatingly there are particularly few records and no travellers’ reports from meeting with the Karo in this region predating the 1880s. The discursive practices of the Kara (or Karo) show little evidence of the trauma of conquest or the shock of contact. Instead, they tend to frame the past very much in terms of the present. This presentist orientation enables them to engage with current challenges and to “modernise” on their own terms. Exemplary are their great success in dealing with tourists, the younger generation’s commitment to education, among both young men and women, and the Kara’s attempt to gracefully abolish the practice of infanticide in their own way in recent years, after over 100 years of admonition from the Ethiopian state and other actors. However, the more recent creation of industrial plantations in the Kara’s traditional grazing areas, as well as an increase in protestant missionary activity, makes it difficult to assess what the future holds for the Kara. Meanwhile the Gibe III dam poses a severe threat to Kara livelihoods and thus threatens their very identity. Its completion permanently changed the hydrology of the Omo and the capacity of even the Kara to deal constructively with such an apocalyptic transformation is questionable. We can only say that their future is uncertain - research with thanks to the University of Oxford - to see more @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction #ethiopia #omoriver #karo


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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. #omorivervalley #ethiopia #kara @everydayextinction @thephotosociety @natgeo @c41magazine.it


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Repost from @gesagottschalk - the story of #agamekeeperslife for @geomagazin as explained by @chancellordavid on a napkin, glens and hills all beautifully rendered in paper, and of course to scale 😏now I just need to translate #gallifreyan into German, and we’re good to go 😉 - as if 🙃that’s practically OS standard @gesagottschalk 🤥


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Suri stick fighters, Omo River Valley, Ethiopia - @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction @c41magazine.it