Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker

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In an article on NPR, Barbara j. King writes about Chris Palmer´s new book on ethic in the wildlife filmmaking industry to be published in 2015. In the book “Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker” Palmer shows how programmes produced by Animal Planet and Discovery, among others, falsely depict animals such as wolves, bears and snakes as being vicious, nasty or agressive. He also explains how certain productions use computer animated images making believe viewers that these are in fact real. Link to article

Crossing the Mara River

Last September I went on safari to Mara River in Northern Serengeti. I was lucky enough to see five crossings. Two times I saw crocodiles preying on wildebeests. On the first occassion a wildebeest was swiftly dealt with. On the second (pictured), believe it or not, the wildebeest survived after around 20 minutes of struggle. This was literally a battle between David and Goliath.

Nature Guiding Code of Ethics

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The nature guiding profession is not an easy one. Taking people on safari is not like being a tourist guide in Paris, Berlin or New York where you know that iconic buildings and monuments will always be there. Going on safari involves an element of surprise and requires a dose of luck. While trying to please clients, safari guides must also keep in mind the need to respect the environment, abide by natural parks’ rules and act with solidarity towards fellow guides. All these are reasons why a Code of Ethics for the nature guiding profession is so important. Interpretives Guides Society just adopted its new Code of Ethics which aims at being a compass for guides and nature enthusiasts when going on safari. As voluntary rules let’s hope this Code of Ethics inspire a new conservation-oriented generation.

Are wildlife documentaries contributing to environmental ignorance?

Conservationist and renowned authority on chimpanzees, Dr Jane Goodall.

Wildlife films offer magnificent windows into nature, but is their romanticised view of wilderness hiding the darker side of habitat destruction and threatened species? Sarah L’Estrange asks whether David Attenborough and his ilk are keeping our eyes wide shut. Link to article.

The Vanishing King of the Savannah

The population of lions has declined by 30% in the last twenty years. According to IUCN estimates there are around 32.000 of them remaining in the wild today, making them a vulnerable species. Human beings are lions’ greatest enemy, having taken them to the brink of extinction.This video is a compilation of the footage I’ve taken of these cool and majestic creatures while on safari during the last year. Enjoy!

Interpretive Guides Society’s new website

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The Interpretive Guides Society (IGS), a not-for-profit association of  safari guides dedicated to promoting a voluntary standard of excellence in conservation-oriented nature guiding, has a new website. Visit our page and learn about the Society’s work and its Code of Ethics for nature guiding. Get involved and contribute to conservation efforts. www.interpretiveguidessociety.org

E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth: free biology textbook on itunes

Life on Earth E.O. WilsonOur  living planet faces unprecedented challenges. The most important tool we have to meet those challenges is education. The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation has gathered together a contributor team consisting of educators, multimedia artists, 3D animators trained in science and cinema, and textbook professionals, led by naturalist Edward O. Wilson. Our goal is to create a cultural landmark—a portal that will introduce students to the grandest story there is, the story of life on Earth, from molecules to ecosystems, from the origin of life to the modern awareness that we control the environment we live in. E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth is a new digital textbook for high school biology students. This collection is entirely free and available for download from itunes. (text taken from E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation).