Africa's Wildlife, the Basis of a Multi-Billion Dollar Tourism Industry

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The African elephant, the rhinos and of course the big cats epitomize wild Africa. The awe and respect that these animals awaken in us are the backbone of the continents tourism industry bringing much needed revenue and job creation in a continent where poverty is a reality.

These iconic animals are also the ecosystem engineers and drivers that critically help shape the health of the wilderness so that other species may thrive. We therefore need to realise the true value that these animals play in a delicately balanced and inter-dependent ecosystem and that their loss will ultimately also negatively impact on us as well.

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.