REMEMBERING LIONS ~ A Stunning Photo Book for Charity
The iconic status of lions conceals a sad and little known fact — that there are only around 20,000 left in the wild. That’s less than rhinos and elephants.
The plight of lions is one of the least-known stories in conservation because their slaughter often happens out of sight.
A new book of photography aims to change that.
Remembering Lions is filled with some of the most beautiful images ever seen of lions, and it seeks to raise awareness of the dangers facing lions while also raising the vital funds needed to help protect them.
And as a conservationist and visual storyteller I knew I had to share this book the moment I looked through its pages. Not only was I blown away by the imagry, information, and stories featured but the book’s wild mission (100% of the profits will be donated to conservation) was one I felt great about supporting, and I hope you will, too.
The photos featured in the book have been donated by more than 70 of the world’s top wildlife photographers such as Marsel van Oosten, Frans Lanting, Art Wolfe, Steve Winter and Michael Poliza.
The images of lions range right across lions’ habitats, from Senegal in the West across to the easterly Asiatic lion found only in India’s Gir Forest. We see them grow from tiny cubs to magnificent adults, and we see them roar at dawn, sleep, hunt, and mate.
The book’s foreword by renowned conservationists Jonathan and Angela Scott states the precarious position held by these feline monarchs: “There can be no excuses, only shame if we allow the most iconic big cat to disappear from our planet. Remembering Lions is a call to arms on behalf of the warrior king. We must act now if future generations are to enjoy the sound of wild lions roaring at dawn.”
Remembering Lions is the latest in the Remembering Wildlife series of books launched by photographer Margot Raggett that has now raised $629,000 for 28 different conservation projects in 15 countries across Africa and Asia. Previous books have focused on Elephants, Rhinos and Great Apes.
With all of the books in the series, the principle is the same – to make the most beautiful book on the species ever seen, taken by the greatest photographers.
All four books have been prefunded by successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaigns, meaning that all profits can be given straight to projects protecting the species that each book is focused on.
The latest donation of $30,000 was handed over to the ‘Rebuilding the Pride’ project in the South Rift Valley of Kenya in August to help protect lions. This was the first donation to come from Remembering Lions.
Margot was inspired to launch Remembering Wildlife after a tragic day in Northern Kenya in 2014. Margot came face-to-face with the horror of poaching – an elephant that lay dead from a poisoned arrow.
“I was told that it had probably taken several days before he succumbed to the poison and was set upon by hyenas,” explains Margot. “He still had his tusks intact, so the poachers hadn’t been successful in their aim. I was incredibly angry at the pointlessness of his death.”
Her anger led her to develop the idea for a book of photography on elephants. She gained the support of many of the world’s leading wildlife photographers, along with the funds to produce the book, and Remembering Elephants, by ‘Wildlife Photographers United’, was published in September 2016.
To date, Remembering Wildlife has worked with more than 150 top wildlife photographers, — all of whom have donated their work – and it has sold more than 12,000 books worldwide.
“My aim is for every book to act a tribute to how that animal lived in the wild at the at this moment in time, captured in beautiful images by the world’s best wildlife photographers,” says Margot, explaining the ethos behind the books. “But I also want to shock people into realising what we might lose if we don’t act now.”
To find out more and to purchase your copy of Remembering Lions, go to RememberingWildlife.com.