Interlude with a Scorpion

Scorpion encounter_©PeterChadwick_AfricanConservationPhotographerAs an interlude to the anti-poaching mentoring and training that I have recently been presenting, I felt something tickling my neck as I slept.

Trying to ignore whatever it was, I dozed back to sleep, only to awaken a little later by something scurrying across my face. On eventually reaching for my torch, I found this female scorpion (Cheloctonus josenii) wanting a little company. The scorpion was quite relaxed and after scooping it up, I released her next to a large dead tree stump under which she quickly scurried away into cover.

This conservation photography project is carried out in partnership with the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) that provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa. This conservation photography project will use rangers as the “lead characters” to highlight the issues faced by conservationists and showcase opportunities for improved support of rangers in the future. Positive and targeted messages will be communicated that emphasise the critical role that rangers play in African conservation in ensuring that the continent’s natural heritage is preserved for the benefit of future generations. Support Africa’s Rangers by supporting the GRAA.

Peter Chadwick is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography. The iLCP’s goal is to use the art of high-quality photography to encourage people to take action in support of tangible and meaningful conservation measures.