We wanted to share two videos with you which we feel helps illustrate the terrible cost many of Africa’s iconic animals face from poaching. The first is a clip from Big Life Foundation and the work they’re doing in East Africa to fight poachers and help save elephants and other animals. Big Life was co-founded by photographer extraordinaire Nick Brandt. The second is a trailer from The Price, directed by Melinda MacInnis and Matt Fife, and filmed by Emmy-winning cinematographer John Mann of Whale Wars and National Geographic’s Great Migrations fame. This feature-length documentary, scheduled for a 2013 release, focuses on the threat rhinos face from an international black market that values their horns as being, ounce-for-ounce, worth more than gold.
For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.
Both are heartbreaking, but both contain hope in that they’re reminders that we can make a difference if we so choose. So please, stand up and help be that difference, regardless how small your part may be. Help make the world a better place by defending those who cannot defend themselves against such unspeakable cruelty. Because extinction means forever.