I hope to produce the first-ever photo record of one of the most ancient, little-known animals of South America.
For more than a decade, I have dedicated myself to telling the stories of little-known, endangered animals around the world. My mission with this project is to document - for the first time - the life history of one of the world's most bizarre, and rarely-seen, large mammals: the Giant Armadillo. Four feet long and weighing up to 90 pounds, they would seem hard to miss -- yet almost nothing is known about them: their social, feeding, and breeding behavior, all remain a mystery. (Many ranchers who have spent their entire lives in areas where the animals live have never seen one.) The fact is, scientists don't even know how many of them are left!
On a scouting trip last September I not only managed to see one, but came away with a handful of camera trap photos - among the first ever taken in the wild. Now, working with a team of scientists beginning the first-ever in-depth study of these mysterious animals, I want to return to Brazil during the next dry season. Using an array of camera traps, and following the animals at night, I hope to open a window into their lives, capturing - for the first time - the secret world of a nocturnal giant.
I will be shooting with both still and video cameras with a goal of producing a short video about the animal and its conservation, and ultimately a book on these "Giants of the Dark." My goal is to raise awareness of these threatened animals, and make the case for their protection. To do that I need your help!
By supporting this project, you can have the real satisfaction of playing a key role in an important science and media project that can make a real difference for the Giant Armadillo. I would welcome your input into the project, and will be sure to keep you informed on our progress, through email reports, video updates and a dedicated blog. I've also put together a variety of rewards to make you feel better connected. I'd love to have you be part of my team!
Meanwhile, I have a pretty strong track record: my groundbreaking story on Amazon River Dolphins was featured in the June 2009 issue of National Geographic, and my work is regularly published in all the best nature and science publications worldwide. I have also published five books of photography including Penguin Planet, which won the National Outdoor Book Award.
In the meantime, here are some images of other endangered animals I have covered around the world:
Amazon River Dolphins, Brazil
Southern Cassowary with Chicks, Australia
Maned Sloth, Brazil
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $7,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 3, 2012.
Mar 8, 2012 - May 3, 2012
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Pledge $10 or more
Backer-only content on project blog, and personal Armadillo e-card from Brazil.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $25 or more
As above plus personal e-mail bulletins, with photos from the field.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $50 or more
As above with signed limited edition 8x10" photograph of Giant Armadillo, and video updates from Brazil.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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As above with copy of small Giant Armadillo photo book, signed limited edition 11x14" print, personal thank you letter from Brazil, and a DVD copy of completed project video.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $250 or more
As above but with the addition of a signed, hardbound Giant Armadillo book, personal phone call update from Brazil, and Brazilian food package. Also a signed and personally inscribed copy of Kevin's award-winning photography book, LIVING LIGHT.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
As above with a signed limited edition 16x20" print, and a set of "Team Armadillo" accessories. Also includes "adoption" of named Armadillo with regular updates.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
At this level I will shower you with gifts and attention - and be your slave for life (not really) as well as your biggest fan. All rewards above with a personal visit and Armadillo slide lecture after project completion (if feasible), as well as full credit in any book and film products.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012