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GARY THORNTON PHOTOGRAPHY

& Wildlife Conservation


Each of us are stewards of this Earth and of the wildlife it supports.

We can choose to put personal gain first or we can choose to help preserve this amazing biosphere. There is none other like it within our grasp

Look into the eyes, the windows of life. You will see the beauty here.

Gary Thornton
Thornton Fine Art

WORLD ELEPHANT POPULATION
IUCN Clasification - Vulnerable
Tanzania's population shrunk from 109,050 to less than  43,000 between 2009 and2014 due to poaching.







WORLD LEOPARD POPULATION DECLINE
from 700,000 50 years ago
to 50,000 today - 93% decline







WORLD LION POPULATION DECLINE
from 450,000 50 years ago
to 20,000 today - 95% decline







WORLD CHEETAH POPULATION DECLINE
from 50,000 50 years ago to 10,000 today  - 80% decline







WORLD BLACK RHINO POPULATION
Less than 5000 remaining in the wild







AFRICAS GREAT RIFT VALLEY
Provides ideal habitat for it's wildlife








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Highly Recommend References


WILDLIFE FILMS


Wildlife Films Joubert and Wildlife Films ConservationBeverly and Dereck Joubert, photographers, film makers, and naturalists working with local communities where opening dialog can be the first step in saving the big cats. They have produced  films and 10 books including "The Last Lion", the "Eye of the Leopard", TED talks, and much more resulting from a lifetime of dedication to studying and preserving the African migration eco-system that will be lost if these top predators disappear.


TED Talk, Beverly & Dereck Joubert - Watch the experiences of Beverly and Dereck as they spend their life  studying wildlife in Botswana. 


BeverlyJoubert.com - website of Beverly Joubert's photography.



ENDANGERED SPECIES RESOURCES

IUCN Redlist - Link to endangered list. The International Union for Conservation of Nature helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

WWF Species Directory - World Wildlife Foundations site that lists endangered status level of the world's wildlife.

Big Cats Initiative - National Geographic



FOUNDATIONS

African Wildlife Foundation 

Owens Foundation - This is the site of zoologists Mark and Dalia Owens who have spent their life preserving wildlife starting in Botswana in 1974, then in Zambia, and eventually back in the US.  See recomended reading in books below 


Lion Guardians - Lion Guardians have a unique approach to conserving lions and native cultures across Kenya and Tansania.  A warriers manhood was determined by killing a lion and this culture shift is towards protecting the lions, still preserving a culture.  Slide show buttons are on the right side of the image.


Recomended Reading


"Africa's Endangered" by Gary Thornton, see PUBLICATIONS tab to preview book in it's entirety.
 
"West with the Night" by Beryl Markham

"Eye of the Leopard"and many other books  by Beverly & Derick Joubert

"The Eye of the Elephant", "Cry of the Kalahari",   and "Secrets of the Savanna"   by Mark and Delia Owens. These books initially sparked my interest and imagination about Africa.

Nature's Best Photography, some of the most beautiful images in nature are presented in this magazine.


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