If you’re interested, you can follow Trading to Extinction, on instagram, I’ll be posting images from the project that have never been seen in the public domain.
Bharatpur, Chitwan National Park, Nepal 01/2004 At the Bharatpur barracks a Royal Forestry Department Officer holds a rhino skull. The stockpile of items is 5 years old and the value is an estimated $750,000 USD.
About the Trading to Extinction project
For years, I have traveled across Asia to document the devastating impact of wildlife trafficking. I’ve witnessed how our planet’s rarest creatures are being hunted, trapped and slaughtered to feed a global black market in wildlife products. This project is my attempt to expose that trade. Now I’d like to bring my work to a worldwide audience through my photographic book called “Trading to Extinction.”
Investigating the trade in its depths is a shocking tale of cruelty, crime and human greed. As with drug trafficking, money fuels the animal trade. Its tentacles wrap around the world, from the remote forests of Asia to the trafficking hubs of Beijing, Bangkok, London, Tokyo and New York.
Unfortunately there’s still a long way to go. This trade is without any doubt flourishing. However, I finally begin to see a coordinated political fight-back. An extraordinary worldwide movement is bringing together people from diverse backgrounds in a bid to save our most endangered species before it is too late. I hope our efforts will not be in vain.