3 Exclusive Interviews with Professional Wildlife Photographers for your enjoyment
December 2010, Issue #004
In this issue:
1. Three exclusive Interviews with Professional Wildlife Photographers
2. Latest news on the Rhino Poaching in South Africa
"Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself."
- James Anthony Froude
1.a) Interview with Arthur Morris - the World’s Premier Bird Photographer
Arthur Morris is widely recognized as the world's premier bird photographer and as one of the top nature photography educators of his time.
Please check out Arthur's blog that has a link to our 15-question interview with him
1.b) Interview with Nigel Dennis, Southern African Wildlife Photography Specialist
Nigel's photography has appeared in many of the world's top magazines including National Geographic, Time, and Geo.
His images have been published in over 25 countries world-wide and to date he has produced seventeen wildlife and nature books.
Nigel's favorite parks are the Kruger and Kgalagadi.
You can read his interview
1.c) Interview with Daryl Balfour - one of Africa's leading wildlife photographers
Daryl and his wife Sharna are acclaimed among Africa's leading wildlife photographers.
Their work is so highly regarded internationally they were invited lecturers at the prestigious North American Nature Photographers' Association (NANPA) annual summit.
Daryl and Sharna spent nearly a year photographing Etosha's wildlife.
You can read our interview with them
2) Rhino Poaching
In 2010 the number of rhinos poached in South Africa more than doubled. Now two to three rhinos are being poached every week!
These rhinos are being poached in national parks as well as on private farms.
WHAT ARE THE SOLUTIONS?
One farm owner threatened to inject poison into his rhino's horns so that when ground down and ingested the person would die.
This person will not be the poacher or his bosses but the ignorant buyer of the end product.
SANParks have made 12 arrests during the past few months but amazingly the fine for possession of rhino horn can be as little as R10,000!
Another proposed solution was to cut off the rhino's horns - this may work on private farms where there are no predators but in a national park how will the rhinos defend themselves?
The most recent proposed solution is to use a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). This is like a small radio-controlled helicopter that will be used by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to track down the poachers.
I wonder what the ultimate solution will be or if rhinos face the same fate as the dodo and quagga?
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Mario and Jenny