Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - young Samburu women, lmuget, Samburu, northern Kenya - it’s vital that we enable local people to manage their traditional lands and natural resources, as a result they are able to secure peace, protect the environment, and thus transform their own lives. Key to this is the provision of accessible and affordable healthcare and family planning. By integrating this with ecological awareness through education results in: - A decline in the numbers of unskilled abortions and infanticides due to unwanted pregnancies - Child/infant mortality decreasing; children born three to five years apart are 2.5 times more likely to survive than children born two years apart - Fewer girls drop out of school on account of unwanted pregnancies - Natural resources can be distributed more equitably; a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem - Water sources remain more readily available for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption - Degraded environments are given a better chance of recovery - Human conflict over pasture reduces - Human-wildlife conflict and poaching reduces.
In addition, when women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Thus by improving the quality of life for these communities and as a result reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna have a better chance to increase again and there’s a reduced risk of conflict and poaching of endangered and vulnerable species including elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, Grevy's zebra, Hirola antelope, and others. New work in northern Kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors#northernkenya#kenya@thephotosociety@natgeo@everydayextinction#women#healthcare#conservation#fightingextinction
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a vet’s assistant covers the eyes of a tranquillised white rhino, northern Kenya - When working with wildlife requiring veterinarian intervention it’s vital that we get to tranquillised wildlife as quickly as possible. Many species are prone to overheating when unconscious. Body mass is of major concern when dealing with mega herbivores such as rhino and elephant which may die when resting unattended as body mass can restrict breathing and heart function. In some cases, they can suffocate on undigested food eaten prior to tranquillisation. It’s also vital to remove external stimulation, sight and sound, so here you’ll notice the rhino’s ears have been blocked (with the vet’s socks 😉), and it’s eyes are being covered. Outside stimulation can cause stress to the animal which we want to avoid at all costs. It can also snap the rhino out of unconsciousness in seconds, from being fully asleep to wide awake, which can be extremely dangerous for the vet and his team - It’s extraordinary to witness the amazing work of these individuals dedicated to preserving the planets precious wildlife. Humbled to be working with them 👍🏿👍🏼🙏🏻🖤💚#conservation#northernkenya#kenya#withbutterfliesandwarriors#fightingextinction@thephotosociety@natgeo@everydayextinction#rhino#stoppoaching
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - untitled huntress, trophy room # II, Dallas, Texas - recipient of the Outstanding Hunting Achievement Award, Dallas, Texas - from the series Safari Club - I’m working with @artfuldodgersimaging on a series of hand photographic c-type prints for an exhibition at the Bunder Kunstmuseum Chur - ‘Passion’ will include a series of large scale pano’s printed by @bwyanoleary - these are all from the personal trophy rooms of members of the Dallas Safari Club, Texas - exhibition runs 22 June - 27 October 2019 Chur, Switzerland.
Fin - In that pure ecstasy of light, the bush is burning bright, but when substance is consumed away, and only form doth stay, form as of boughs, but boughs of fire, that flicker and aspire, or stand in still beatitude, and shine which is their good. So holy Sun, pour down on me, that I pure fight may be; thy life, my form, a whole unique, whereof I would not speak, but only be’t, that thou mayst shine in this new shape of thine. - Nan Shepherd - in the Cairngorms -
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - I mentioned in a previous post my continued work on the standing sedation of elephants, a far less traumatic approach to intervention, once all other non evasion options have been explored. I posted an image of an enormous bull who was being helped up by rangers after a procedure to remove cysts from his shoulder. He’s habituated, and I talked then about the other two bulls in the group standing calmly and watching us help him, totally understanding that our intervention was of benefit, not trauma, despite what must appear quite the opposite. Once on his feet all three bulls charged towards each other, trumpeted, and then spent the next 30 mins gently exploring the body of the dominant bull with their trunks and scenting his fixed body, demonstrating the extraordinary bond that elephants have with each other. It was only once they were convinced that all was well with the dominant bull that they returned to feeding - Well here are those images, first one bull, then swipe left and all three bulls - this is from the end of a roll of film I’ve just processed @artfuldodgersimaging - great to see this amazing incident caught here, thought I’d share it as a follow up - continually in awe of the extraordinary work done by those who dedicate their lives to protecting the planets wildlife 💚👍🏿👍🏼 - To see more on this subject, follow me here @chancellordavid@natgeo@thephotosociety@everydayextinction#southafrica#elephants#conservation
Photographs by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Liwonde National Park, Malawi - devastated to hear that a British soldier was killed by an elephant during a counter-poaching operation in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. Mathew Talbot, 22, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was on patrol in Liwonde National Park on 5 May when he was charged and killed by an elephant. This is a reminder of the danger faced by those who choose to protect some of the world's most endangered species from those who seek to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife. I had the enormous privilege and pleasure to work with the British Army in Liwonde on assignment for the @thestmagazine@africanparksnetwork@royanikkhah@britisharmy documenting their lives whilst living and working in this beautiful part of the planet. These are beautiful, but also challenging environments to work in. It was very clear to me that those who chose to carry out this work knew the risks, and did so simply because they could, should, and wanted to help protect the planets wildlife and ecosystems. Operation Corded, the name given to the Army's counter-poaching deployment in Malawi, assists in the training of rangers in a bid to help them crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. Park rangers are taught skills such as tracking, partnered patrolling, communications, surveillance, and intelligence-sharing. The patrol of armed British army soldiers and African Park Rangers was walking through tall grass - up to 7ft (2.1m) high - when they disturbed an unseen herd of elephants. Its worth noting that its for this very reason that poachers choose to raze the park to the ground in order to see wildlife more easily, and thus slaughter it more easily - as the sun sets in Malawi RIP Guardsman Talbot and all those who pay the ultimate price for conservation and have themselves become extinct to their loved ones. I salute you sir 😌🙏🏻👍🏼👍🏿💚 #malawi#conservation#stoppoaching#elephants#rhino#ivory@everydayextinction@thephotosociety@natgeo@coldstream_guards
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Pano Swipe left - this is The Valley of Desolation, a unique Karoo landscape and ecosystem that surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinet, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. It sits within the Camdeboo National Park, creating a type of oasis in the midst of the aridness of the Karoo. It consists of vertical cliffs and columns of dolerite the product of volcanic and erosive forces that have taken 100 million years to form. They stand sentry over the valley - huge isolated hobgoblins of nature, suspended in time, demonstrating the true force and beauty of nature. When the storms come racing towards the valley you’ll find me sitting here listening to the thunder and watching the lightning tear slits in the dark sky like some mad being tearing sheets of raw silk. The diversity of the fauna and flora found here is incredible attracting 220 species of bird, 336 plants and 43 types of mammal. I love it here 💚❤️ #southafrica#valleyofdesolationgraaffreinet@natgeo@thephotosociety@everydayextinction
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Vietnam is one of the world’s largest consumers of rhino horn, contributing to the continued poaching of rhinos in the wild. Last year in Africa 1,100 rhinos were killed by poachers. In 2015, the Government of Vietnam increased sanctions on the illegal trade and use of rhino horns. And, through a variety of campaigns, conservation organisations have tried to educate Vietnamese consumers about Africa’s rhino poaching crisis and the uselessness of rhino horn in medications treating various ailments including hangovers, fever, gout and potentially terminal illnesses, like cancer or stroke. Some people also gave it to terminally ill relatives to console them and show that they had done everything in their power to help them. In a recent study it was found that consumers preferred wild rhino horn over farmed rhino horn, and that they weren’t affected by stigma or concerns about rhino populations. The killing of rhinos in Africa was seen as a remote issue, something that happened far away, out of their influence because they didn’t kill the rhinos themselves. If we are to succeed at all its vital that we strive to promote behaviour change via grassroots education. We need to be clear that the demand for rhino horn is not only costing the lives of rhino, but also the lives of those who dedicate their lives to protecting them. A dead father is also extinct to his family and equally a result of their demand for rhino horn - a ranger hurries from the scene of a poaching with a freshly severed horn, at dawn a poacher lies dead his hand resting on his G3 rifle, rangers remove the horn from a poached rhino, blood drips from a police vehicle carrying bodies to the morgue - all from work in northern Kenya - #withbutterfliesandwarriors@natgeo@thephotosociety@everydayextinction#conservation#endextinction