Rhino Mission: 30 January – 10 February 2017
One of the most prolific nature photographers of our time, Thomas Mangelsen is as much an artist as he is a conservationist. Tom was named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, placing his work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He was named one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography. His image Polar Dance was selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers as one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time.
Tom was chosen as one of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet and profiled in the television series of the same name. Mangelsen was named one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine and honored with Nikon’s Legend Behind the Lens recognition. The North American Nature Photography Association named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year. Mangelsen has received the prestigious British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.
This is the first time Thomas Mangelsen will be releasing a rhino portfolio, a world exclusive in collaboration with writer Jamie Joseph, founder of Saving the Wild.
Locations: andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, and other locations TBA.
Objective: In these relentless rhino wars, world news is consumed with what is not working. We’re flipping that on its head and focusing the lens on what is working, and what still needs to be done. Tom and Jamie are visiting the best of the best to document and share success stories on what it really takes to protect rhinos.
FOCUS ON: Launch of free legal fund for KZN private game reserves
Saving the Wild has teamed up with Elephant Action League to provide a free legal support service to private game reserves in Zululand; tracking the cases of alleged rhino poachers from arrest to bail and into trial. The objective is to dramatically increase the conviction rate and expose corruption within the justice system. EAL founder Andrea Crosta will be in South Africa, working alongside Jamie Joseph, 27 January to 3 February. Andrea is also the founder of WildLeaks, and his groundbreaking China illegal wildlife trafficking investigations earned him a feature spot in Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Ivory Game’, tipped to receive an Academy Award later in the year.
FOCUS ON: The value of community to the anti poaching strategy
“The power of the community is incredible. They can shut down a national road. They can block poachers until we have time to get there with the police and make an arrest. And it’s not just rhino poaching. We can shut down a community if there is an armed robbery at the tuck shop. Community involvement is critical.”
Read: Phinda – rural communities are saving rhinos.
FOCUS ON: Exposing and eradicating corruption enabling wildlife poaching
Last year Saving the Wild’s Founder Jamie Joseph broke new ground in the rhino crisis when she began dismantling KwaZulu-Natal’s most notorious syndicate led by alleged rhino poaching kingpin Dumisani Gwala. The saga continues…
The legal fund, the value of community to the anti poaching strategy, and activist journalism are all intricately connected in Saving the Wild’s mission to eradicate corruption enabling wildlife poaching.
FOCUS ON: Rhinos without Borders
By carrying out translocations and diversifying rhino nucleus nodes, andBeyond is playing a fundamental role in securing the ongoing survival of endangered species. Rhinos Without Borders aims to increase Africa’s dwindling rhino populations for future generations to enjoy. The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat and Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place, with the country’s military helping to protect the endangered species. Rhinos Without Borders conducts a daily monitoring programme to keep a close eye on the health and safety of the rhino that the project has translocated.
International launch of ‘The Rhino Portfolio’ by artist Thomas Mangelsen
Following on from Tom and Jamie’s South Africa expedition, Elephant Action League will host an exclusive photographic auction in Los Angeles; ‘Saving Africa with legendary wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen’. Tom and Jamie will be special guest speakers at the event, and all money raised from the photographic sales will be invested into Saving the Wild’s rhino crisis fund.
Because if we cannot save the big things,
how are we ever going to save the little things?
About Saving the Wild
Saving the Wild’s mandate is to expose and eradicate corruption enabling wildlife poaching, and empower communities bordering wildlife areas to be guardians of wildlife.
About Elephant Action League
Elephant Action League (EAL) is an innovative hybrid non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California, that merges the worlds of high-level security, intelligence and conservation in service of wildlife and the people who protect it. Its mission is to fight wildlife & forest crime through Concrete, Innovative and Collaborative projects.
About andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
While rhino poaching is out of control in KwaZulu-Natal, with a record high of more than 160 rhinos poached in 2016, Phinda continues to protect its territory, with minimal loss and multiple arrests and convictions.
Rhino Conservation: Over the past 20 years andBeyond has been involved in the conservation of endangered rhino. andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve has been largely successful in this endeavour, and is rated by the African Rhino Specialist Group as one of the most important private white rhino reserves in the country.
Black Rhino Range Expansion Project: andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve was the first reserve chosen to be part of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project – 16 black rhino were relocated to andBeyond Phinda in 2004. The aim of the project is to increase the population of black rhino in KZN, and since the relocation to the Reserve, the population has continued to flourish and grow.
Rhinos Without Borders: andBeyond Travel and Great Plains Conservation, two leading conservation and tourism companies, have teamed up to translocate 100 rhinos from South Africa to safer havens in Botswana.