my frame-a kodiak brown bear through the rangefinder @ the academy of natural sciences of drexel university, philadelphia, USA
The Kodiak brown bear is the largest of the Alaskan brown bears. Its varied diet follows the season, for example, it grazes on plants in the summer and eats salmon and berries during the late summer to fall.
Brown bears are a subgroup of the grizzly bear, but they are now only found in Alaska and isolated regions of northern Canada. They are rarely found in the lower 48 US states, but were once found as far south as Mexico and as far west as the Sierra Mountains.
Brown bears are often said to be unpredictable, but attacks on humans are rare. The few reported attacks that there are, however, are made by injured bears or females protecting or separated from their cubs. Brown bears are generally solitary creatures with no natural predators. #academyofnaturalsciencesatdrexel#diorama#kodiakisland#kodiakbear#conserving#hunting#conservation#academyofnaturalsciencesatdrexel@artfuldodgersimaging@hellokiosk@francescamaffeogallery#mamiya7ii@filmsnotdead
takin diorama, the academy of natural sciences of drexel university, philadelphia, usa
These takins were collected at the base of the Himalayas along the Tibetan/Chinese border by Brook Dolan’s expedition party in 1932. They were grazing in a rhododendron forest, carefully copied for this diorama by museum preparators relying on precise field notes, illustrations and photographs.
(Budorcas taxicolor tibetana)
The takin of West-Central China has as its closest living relative the musk-ox of North America. Groups live on densely vegetated mountain slopes, feeding on green grass, bean leaves, willow and bamboo shoots. Like a goat, a takin can rear up on its hind limbs to reach leaves as high as nine feet. It migrates seasonally up and down mountain slopes. Wandering in the vegetation between grazing area’s and salt licks, the takin carves out trails which are often used by pandas and other animals.
With its stocky build and short, stout limbs, the takin is able to climb steep, rocky terrain. Mating occurs in mid summer; the young are born in the spring. The shaggy coat is thick and oily, providing protection against cold and dampness. The colour of the coat varies from blackish brown to golden, depending on the animals sex and its geographic location. Females are usually darker than males.
'storm' from 'handle like eggs' by David Chancellor @chancellordavid@gupmagazine showing @francescamaffeogallery until the 15.05.17 #handlelikeeggs#lovelosslifeanddeath “I once saw a box. Simply a Tupperware container actually, only slightly grander than that. It was indistinguishable from many other boxes of the same nature other than the fact it had a strip of white surgical tape on its lid. Written in ‘sharpie’ were the words ‘handle like eggs’. ‘What’s in there?’ I asked, ‘it’s a heart...and ice of course to keep it alive’.” -David Chancellor
On March 3rd, the Francesca Maffeo Gallery in the UK opened a new exhibition by David Chancellor: Handle like Eggs. Chancellor, widely known for his photography dedicated to wildlife preservation, has combined private and public work in this exhibition, at one moment covering the elephant poaching crisis in Africa, at another presenting an intimate picture of his wife and son in a hotel room in Zurich. At first these two worlds seem far apart, but both the world of Chancellor’s family and the world of man versus beast share the same themes at heart: love, loss, life and death. And the worlds are thus blended together, where man and beast live at odds, permeating the intimate sphere of family life, and vice versa.
Thank you @gupmagazine@francescamaffeogallery@hellokiosk#lovelosslifeanddeath@artfuldodgersimaging@bwyanoleary#rangers#elephant#rhino#conserving#stoppoaching#africa
A percentage of all sales from this exhibition will be given to @forrangers to support their continued work across Africa.
never ever 'just' an elephant
lisa and fin
rainfall on lake, south africa
glenshee, scotland, a couple of weeks ago.
a member of Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) anti poaching team stands ready with an axe, over the carcass of an elephant slaughtered earlier by poachers. The elephant was discovered by a joint team of KWS and conservancy rangers. The gruesome task of removing the ivory from the elephant falls to those attending the scene from KWS. Once removed, the ivory will be transported to a place of secure store where it will remain, until such a time as the world decides it’s future..photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid for @natgeo from work documenting community conservation in northern Kenya - ‘with butterflies and warriors’. Five wildlife rangers and three other men working in wildlife protection lost their lives in four separate countries in the past month, highlighting the numerous hazards rangers and their colleagues face in protecting the world’s wild lands and species. Sadly we are becoming accustomed to this reality. Let’s not forget that it falls to those very same individuals, who give their lives on our behalf to protect the wildlife, to also deal with the carnage when poachers sadly succeed, or worse still leave an animal mortally wounded. @forrangers are a dedicated group of individuals who are raising money for the welfare of rangers who risk their lives daily to protect Africa’s endangered species. Rather than just tell the story – the @forrangers team hope that by taking part in some of the hardest, most challenging endurance events on the planet, they can draw attention not only to the plight of Africa’s wildlife, and the poaching crisis, but the hardships and dangers the rangers are exposed to in trying to protect our wildlife - and in doing so, raise funds that go directly to rangers’ welfare. On the 9th of March @forrangers CO founder @newlandpete will be starting the 6633 Arctic Ultra Marathon to raise funds for @forrangers. I’ll keep updating with Pete’s progress as and when we hear from him. To see more of my work for @natgeo and personal projects, follow me @chancellordavid@natgeo and follow the work of @forrangers and @newlandpete#nopoaching#protecting#conserving#africa#northernkenya#kenya#warriors#rangers#elephant#rhino
Repost from Francesca Maffeo Gallery.
Beautiful Installation images from 'Handle Like Eggs' a solo exhibition by David Chancellor. Exhibition is open until Saturday 15th April. A percentage of print sale proceeds will go to For Rangers who raise money for the welfare of rangers who risk their lives daily to protect Africa’s endangered species.
camouflage training, warrior # II, borana ranch, northern kenya, from the series 'with butterflies and warriors' by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - documenting community conservation in northern Kenya.
Five wildlife rangers and three other men working in wildlife protection lost their lives in four separate countries in the past month, highlighting the numerous hazards rangers and their colleagues face in protecting the world’s wild lands and species. Sadly we are becoming accustomed to this reality. ‘For Rangers’ @forrangers are a dedicated group of individuals who are raising money for the welfare of rangers who risk their lives daily to protect Africa’s endangered species. Rather than just tell the story – the @forrangers team hope that by taking part in some of the hardest, most challenging endurance events on the planet, they can draw attention not only to the plight of Africa’s wildlife, and the poaching crisis, but the hardships and dangers the rangers are exposed to in trying to protect our wildlife - and in doing so, raise funds that go directly to rangers’ welfare. On the 9th of March @forrangers CO founder @newlandpete will be starting the 6633 Arctic Ultra Marathon to raise funds for ForRangers, enduring temperatures of down to -40. The 6633 Arctic Ultra is regarded by many as one of the toughest, coldest, windiest ultra distance footraces on the planet. The non-stop self-sufficient foot race is over a distance of 350 miles (566 km); the race crosses the line of the Arctic Circle, competitors have 192 hours to complete the distance. The race finishes at the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk. And he's doing it all for the rangers who are quite literally, on a daily basis, putting their lives on the line to keep our wildlife safe. To see more of my work for @natgeo and personal projects, follow me @chancellordavid@natgeo and follow the work of @forrangers and @newlandpete#nopoaching#protecting#conserving#withbutterfliesandwarriors#africa#northernkenya#kenya#warriors#rangers#elephants#rhino@forrangers@newlandpete@kinetic_six
Bwyan O'Leary of @artfuldodgersimaging with his 10x8 durst enlarger used for printing all the extraordinarily beautiful large format hand photographic c-type prints that he specialises in. Note the enlarger is mounted horizontally which allows him to expose on paper at the far end of his darkroom, and therefore produce large scale hand prints of a size, and quality, that wouldn't be possible with a standard vertical set up. He's a genius printer. I'll be showing his work in my new show #handlelikeeggs opening @francescamaffeogallery tomorrow, private view 18.00-21.00 and then until the 15.04.17.
Repost from @filmsnotdead #lovelosslifeanddeath#handlelikeeggs@hellokiosk
The purr of the king cheetah.
This is a variety of cheetah with a rare mutation for cream-coloured fur marked with large, blotchy spots and three dark, wide stripes extending from their neck to the tail.
In 1926 Major A. Cooper wrote about an animal he had shot near modern-day Harare. Describing the animal, he noted its remarkable similarity to the cheetah, but the body of this individual was covered with fur as thick as that of a snow leopard and the spots merged to form stripes. He suggested that it could be a cross between a leopard and a cheetah. After further similar animals were discovered, it was established they were similar to the cheetah in having non-retractable claws – a characteristic feature of the cheetah. Since 1927 the king cheetah has been reported five more times in the wild; an individual was photographed in 1975 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. They are incredibly rare, even in captivity, as the distinctive fur pattern is caused by a rare mutation of a recessive gene; both parents must carry the ‘King gene’ in order for the offspring to show off the spectacular markings of a King cheetah, possibly the most beautiful of Africa’s wild cats. Working @hesc_endangeredspeciescentre a while ago on a very wonderful book, more on this shortly..with thanks to the amazing folks there for the incredible work they do. #cheetah#kingcheetah#southafrica@natgeo#bigcats#bigcatsweek#conserving#protecting#nopoaching
In honor of Big Cat Week, National Geographic caught up with six photographers to ask them about their most memorable experiences in the wild, here Clint Mecham sits on the forest floor with a sedated mountain lion in the Monroe Mountains, Utah, in 2016.
Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid for @natgeo
Over 30 years, Clint Mecham, a predator specialist from the State of Utah Department of Natural Resources, has collared more than 400 mountain lion, monitoring the health and population of the species.
This is No. 53, a veteran of the group, who’s played a major role in the study for more than 14 years. Now that the study is coming to a close, the female lion will be released without a collar for the first time in her adult life. It’s also the last time Clint will see this lion alive. Shortly after its release, Mecham was notified by conservation officers [that No. 53 had been killed as a trophy]. What I found interesting about this particular lion and this particular gentleman was the extraordinary history that they shared. For the entire 14 years she’s been in continual combat with Clint. Each time a collar has needed changing, it’s fallen to Clint to undertake the task, and the lion has made her feelings known with tooth and claw.
This time was somewhat different.
The lion was calm and almost accepting of Clint; it’s as if she knew her time was up and the collar would not be refitted. Clint also knew all too well that the collar perhaps offered her a small amount of safety.
There was a bond here, an understanding between two warriors…now was the time to say goodbye.
Find all six of these extraordinary stories here:
huge thanks to Jessie Wender @jmwender@natgeo for putting this together so powerfully.