“Photographers deal in things which are continuously vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of photojournalism
There is no doubt that creatures are vanishing from the earth; with so many different species in the world some extinctions go unnoticed. Documentary wildlife photographers are in the unique position to raise awareness of species and the biodiversity needed to help a species thrive.
The Ethiopian wolf is one such species at risk. It is estimated that less than 500 individuals in seven populations remain in the wild today. Increased human encroachment is putting pressure on habitat and resources the wolves depend on for survival. Introduced disease from domestic dogs, isolation of gene pools and habitat loss to grazing are some of the issues facing this species.
Our project began in February 2011 with a scouting trip to the Bale Mountains with famed zoologist and canid researcher Dr. Claudio Sillero-Zubiri. A group of 13 people from 5 different countries embarked on the trip into the Ethiopian Highlands, a diverse group united by our passion for conservation and wild canines. Dr. Sillero introduced us to the afro-alpine region and the amazing creatures that are dependent on this fragile habitat.
Armed with the scientific knowledge provided by Dr. Sillero and the local contacts I made on the trip, I am ready to return to the area to begin the work of documenting the story of the Ethiopian wolf. Will Burrard-Lucas, a brilliant wildlife photographer from the UK, has agreed to join me in this project. We will spend three weeks working with our local guides to capture a captivating and intimate view of the lives of the wolves. Through our combined efforts we hope to bring awareness of the Ethiopian wolf to a wide audience and raise support for the ongoing conservation efforts to protect the species.
With your donations, we will have the funds necessary to complete our expedition. For someone who lives at sea level, just standing at 13,000 feet can be a challenge and hiking miles at a time with heavy packs full of camera gear is impossible without help. We’ll need the support of local guides, trackers, horses and more in order to over come the challenges of the landscape to run a smooth and safe operation. On our return, the remaining funds will be utilized toward the production of lecture and gallery materials and the ultimate goal of a book.
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