Video by @stevewinterphoto and @alexbraczkowski
An African lioness walks past basking Nile crocodiles in Zakouma's Tim waterhole, Chad. Since @africanparksnetwork has taken over management of Zakouma wildlife populations (especially elephants) have rebounded and the site may be an incredibly critical one for African lions. @stevewinterphoto and I filmed and photographed lions dominating Zakouma's main water sources before the rains came and even watched them kill reedbuck! Follow @africanparksnetwork to see their incredible wildlife conservation work across west, central and Southern Africa. Stay tuned to my, Steve's and the @natgeo and @natgeowild feeds over the coming weeks as we show you the splendor of Zakouma, its new black rhino arrivals and other incredible wildlife! Thanks to @reddigitalcinema for their Weapon 8K Helium - it has been our video camera of choice for this trip!
@sharon.guynup’s latest piece on Pangolins is out now on Mongabay.com. Click on the link in my bio to read the article. As Sharon writes “the survival of these unusual animals is intrinsically linked to the survival of other species, says Hywood, who calls the pangolin “nature’s true gardeners.” As they dig for ants and termites, they loosen and aerate the soil, she explains, creating “an environment where seeds can germinate and grow into plants that feed other species.” Pangolins offer another important ecosystem service: they regulate ant and termite populations, with a single adult individual consuming millions of insects each year..This shy, toothless, insect-eating animal is the planet’s most-trafficked mammal and wildlife traders now target Africa’s four pangolin species because the four Asian pangolin species have been hunted to near extinction, poached off the continent.
Image courtesy of the Tikki Hywood Foundation, Zimbabwe.
Today is a historic day for South Africa and Chad
The black rhinoceros is returning to Chad after almost 50 years.
Earlier today, six black rhinos were loaded for transport from South Africa as the result of an unprecedented international collaboration among South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), the Chadian Government, South African National Parks (SANParks) and African Parks, to reintroduce the species to the Republic of Chad.
These rhinos are being translocated by air over 3,000 miles from South Africa to Zakouma National Park, a park that has been managed by African Parks in partnership with the Government of Chad since 2010. While the country’s last black rhino was recorded in 1972, over the past seven years poaching inside the park has essentially been eliminated, elephants are on the rise for the first time in over a decade, and extensive measures have been taken to establish Chad as a rhino range-state once again. @africanparksnetwork@natgeo@stevewinterphoto@sanparks#africanparksnetwork@blackrhino#chad#africanparks
Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of my image of a curious Snow Leopard during @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. Click on the link in my profile to see the full collection of
globetrotting prints available for $100. And if you’re in the D.C area join me at @NatGeoMuseum May 1 for an inside look at camera traps and other technologies that help me photograph leopards and jaguars - ultimately helping us protect them and their shrinking habitats #NatGeoDC https://www.nationalgeographic.org/dc/events/shrinking-kingdoms-leopards-jaguars/
Video by @alexbraczkowski and @stevewinterphoto
Ugandan Wildlife Authority ranger Jimmy Kisembo examines the bones of Kogere, Murunji and their sister, a pride of lions poisoned around Easter this year. These lionesses and their 8 cubs climbed big euphorbia trees everyday and tourists from all over the world came to see them in Queen Elizabeth National Park. I was in the park earlier this year and was lucky enough to photograph these lionesses and their cubs. It is such a sad thing that Uganda has lost this incredible #kogere pride. My cameraman and big cat biologist @alexbraczkowski has started a gofundme to raise some money to build bomas and help reduce conflict in the village where they were poisoned. Please consider donating and telling your friends about these lions and this cause! Visit: www.gofundme.com/treelions
A male lion relaxing at night after a big meal.
Two weeks ago the Kogere pride, an incredible group of 11 tree climbing lions were poisoned a few meters outside of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. @alexbraczkowski had been studying and filming these lions since October 2017. I was working with Alex and his team this year in the park. You may have read about this in the media. They were poisoned because they were killing cattle in Hamkungu village, just outside QE National Park. Alex started a GoFundMe page to help stop lion poisoning - to help raise money for collars and to build protective bomas for the livestock so the lions cannot get to them during the night. The farmers in this area live off of only a few dollars a day. Local people need to benefit from living with predators. The local ecotourism industry relies on these lions for tourism money which benefits the local community - so everyone - lions, humans and the ecosystem have suffered a great loss.
Poisonings and poaching are the main threats to lions not only in Uganda but across their East African range. Most lion populations in East, Central and West Africa are declining so the time to act is now. Please consider helping:
Just 100 years ago there may have been as many as 500,000 lions which roamed the African continent but today there it is estimated that as few as 16,000 - 30,000 remain, and research by lion biologist Hans Bauer and colleagues suggests lions in much of west, east and central Africa will decline by 50% in the next two decades if something dramatic is not done! The biggest threats facing lions in Africa are poaching of their prey and retaliatory killings by farmers when lions eat their cattle! There is also an emerging threat of lions being used in Chinese medicine as tigers become rarer. @wildaid "When the buying stops the killing can too"