Remembering African Wild Dogs is the latest in Remembering Wildlife’s wildlife photography book series.
Founded by wildlife photographer Margot Raggett after seeing the remains of a poached elephant in Kenya, Margot asked her peers if they would contribute their wildlife photographs to an initiative dedicated to elephant conservation.
The book Remembering the Elephants and its successors, Remembering the Rhinos, Remembering the Great Apes, Remembering the Lions and Remembering the Cheetahs, together raised over $ 1.1 million for 55 conservation projects in 24 countries .
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Jonathan and Angela Scott, Greg du Toit, Frans Lanting, Marsel van Oosten and Charlie Hamilton James are well-known wildlife photographers who have contributed images to Remembering Wildlife, under the banner âWildlife Photographers Unitedâ.
As Remembering African Wild Dogs recently went on sale, we caught up with Margot to learn more about the book and to get an update on Remembering Wildlife’s accomplishments to date.
But before continuing, please note that Remembering Wildlife is currently holding a silent auction, until 9:30 p.m. GMT on Sunday, November 14. You can bid on prints and drawings, as well as safaris and lodge vacations in Africa – and much more.
Click here to participate in the auction and do your part for the conservation of African wild dogs …
Can you please give us an update on Remembering Wildlife, and how much has been raised for conservation to date, for any of our audiences who may not be familiar with the project?
Remembering the Wildlife recently celebrated five years since the launch of the book that started the movement, Remembering the Elephants, which was released on September 19, 2016.
Since then, there have been four more books: Remembering the Rhinos, Remembering the Great Apes, Remembering the Lions, and Remembering the Cheetahs. Remembering the African wild dogs will be the sixth.
So far, the books have donated Â£ 848,000 / $ 1,100,000 to 55 projects in 24 countries.
“Rarely seen, we often talk about it …”, says John Kamanga in the preface. How well does that capture the mystique of African wild dogs?
John’s words are right. One of the things that really surprised me about collecting Remembering African Wild Dogs and having African voices like John’s is [founder and director of SORALO, the NGO, and the winner of the 2020 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa] in the book, it’s how few locals have ever seen them.
There are many myths about wild dogs that have passed through the generations, and because they are so elusive, it adds to the mystery. Many safari enthusiasts haven’t seen them either.
The opportunity not only to make them aware of their plight and their plight, but also to âdefend the underdogsâ and to raise funds for them, that is exactly the object of the series Remembering the fauna.
In the introduction to the book, you note that the wild dogs are your biggest bet so far in terms of mass appeal, but the one species that is probably the most deserving of appearing in the series.
I capture in my introduction to the book the moment I first met – and fell in love with – African wild dogs, on a safari in Kenya, and how jealous I am of other people who don’t. have not yet had this incredibly special first experience.
They are such social animals, living in deeply connected groups and helping to take care of each other.
They keep the little ones and feed the sick and elderly limbs. I think we humans could learn a thing or two from African wild dogs.
Through the choice and sequencing of the image, the character of the species really stands out in the book. Are you happy with the book – which like the rest of the series boasts high production values ââwith excellent color rendering? We have the impression of being in Africa with them …
I am delighted with the variety of images we have been able to put together for this book, which captures not only the essence of these wonderful wild dogs, but also the essence of Africa itself, with a true variety of scenes. , backgrounds and eras. daylight shown in the photographs.
You suggest that its brutal effectiveness as a hunting animal is the main reason this species is so disparaged by mankind. But considering what we have done to reduce their numbers, are African wild dogs more guilty than sinning now?
They have never been domesticated and are unjustly feared. They are formidable hunters and have evolved into them. But we humans don’t have the right to judge a species on how it evolved to survive, while eradicating the species on a whim. This behavior will forever be to our shame, as we say in the book.
It’s amazing to think that this species counts less than cheetahs. What to do to slow the decline of the population?
There are only about 6,600 African wild dogs in the wild and only 660 breeding packs.
There are several reasons for the decline. Each needs to be addressed, and it’s about trying to find ways for humans and species such as wild dogs to live side by side.
We support efforts to restore suitable habitats for wild dogs. Wild dogs need large amounts of space – they travel enormous distances, and hallways need to be maintained to ensure they can roam freely and are not isolated.
Remembering Wildlife made its first major Remembering African Wild Dogs donation earlier this summer, helping to successfully transfer 14 African wild dogs from South Africa and Mozambique to Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve in the part of a historic project to reintroduce the species to Malawi.
African wild dogs are also threatened by diseases, such as rabies and distemper – Remembering Wildlife recently started supporting a vaccination program for domestic cats and dogs in Kenya, as they can transmit these diseases to wild dogs and cheetahs.
Can you tell us what is the sequel to the series of books?
This is the question I am asked most often – and the answer is not yet! Every year I devote all my energy to making that year’s book a success. It’s only when I get some fresh air after the launch that I think about the rest. Watch this place …
How to buy Remembering African Wild Dogs
Remembering African Wild Dogs by Wildlife Photographers United is on sale now, via the Remembering Wildlife website, for Â£ 45 / $ 65.
And the Remembering Wildlife Silent Auction, where you can bid on prints and drawings, as well as safaris and lodge vacations in Africa – and much more – is open until 9:30 p.m. GMT on Sunday the 14th. November.
Click here to participate in the auction and do your part for wild dog conservation.
You can read more about the Remembering the Wildlife collection here.
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