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One last push – please help by donating…

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation, Conservation Photography, Photography, Take Action, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2013 by Neil Aldridge

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When I set out to photograph my African wild dog project Underdogs four and half years ago I did so with two goals – to raise awareness of this incredible species and to make a financial contribution towards their conservation. Now, with a major new project on the horizon, I am launching one final push to raise funds for their protection. Please donate to my campaign on indiegogo.com. 100% of the money raised will be donated to wild dog conservation projects in Africa and used to send you ‘perks’ – personal thank yous for donating.

This project has been everything from exciting and fun to testing and emotional. The highs of winning international awards with photographs from this story contrast severely with the lows of coming to terms with knowing that every dog that I followed day-in-day-out in South African has since been killed. I am proud to think that the project has succeeded in raising awareness of the wild dog’s plight. Millions of people around the world have seen this work through international exhibitions, sales of my book, magazine features and online galleries. However, it is contributing to efforts on the ground that will make the greatest impact to the future of this species and this 48-day campaign aims to achieve just that.

Please donate what you can. If you can afford to give between £10 and £25, I will send you a print of one of my award-winning photographs. Any donation between £25 and £100 will see you receive a signed copy of my African wild dog book Underdogs. Donations over £100 will earn you a signed copy of my book and a print of an award-winning photograph in recognition of your generosity. I understand that not everyone can donate but that doesn’t mean you can’t help. Please send this link to others who may be able to contribute.

The African wild dog is in trouble. There are as few wild dogs in Africa as their are Tigers in Asia but, as pack animals, only a small number will ever breed. This means that the future of the entire species rests on only about 10% of the total number of wild dogs remaining – so about 400 individuals. We need to help equip those with the skills to save the species with the right tools. On the campaign page you will see a list of things that I am aiming to help projects access. Your help is appreciated and will make a difference. Thank you!

To donate, visit indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-african-wild-dog/x/3412838

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Underdogs is on the shelves in South Africa…

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation, Conservation Photography, Photography, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

I am really proud and excited to announce that my acclaimed African wild dog book Underdogs is now available to buy in the shops across South Africa. This 156-page coffee-table conservation book focuses on the Southern African population of this endangered carnivore and so South Africa has always been a major market for the title.

African wild dogs suffered in 2011 with many packs being hit hard by poaching and persecution. 2012 has seen high profile support for the conservation of this iconic and charismatic carnivore in South Africa. I simply hope that Underdogs can add to people’s understanding of these creatures and play at least a small role in securing their future in South Africa and beyond.

Download a provisional list of outlets selling Underdogs (this list will be updated wherever possible).

You can see a gallery of photographs and read more about Underdogs on my website, where it is also possible to order a signed copy of the book.

Are The Dog Days Over…

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation, Conservation Photography, Photography, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

In 2009 I was lucky enough to spend time with a pack of African wild dogs and their one month old pups at their den site deep in the Limpopo river forest. The time spent with them still rates as my favourite wildlife experience and the photographs that I took feature heavily in my new African wild dog book Underdogs. This is why it was so hard to receive the news that the pack was found dead from deliberate poisoning recently.

Andrei Snyman of Botswana’s Northern Tuli Predator Project reported that the pack had been found dead at their new den site agonsingly soon after the alpha female had given birth to a new litter of pups. To make matters worse, a male leopard, African wild cat and African hawk eagle were also found poisoned after feeding on two carcasses laced with Temic – a highly toxic poison. Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident and claim that they lost livestock to the animals (although it cannot be said which species was responsible for the predation).

The incident spells the end of the line (for now) for the Tuli wild dog pack – once a much celebrated success story following their high profile cross-border translocation from South Africa. The incident also threatens the viable future of the wild dog in the Limpopo Valley following on from the removal of the Venetia Limpopo pack just across the river in South Africa in 2010. With wild dog numbers so low and populations so sparsely distributed, sub-populations like the Limpopo Valley population are essential for the future of the species as young wild dogs can disperse to form new packs and keep the gene pool healthy.

This news came to me just days before my African wild dog book Underdogs arrives in South Africa. The story of the Tuli pack features in the book and I am really proud to be supporting wild dog conservation through sales so please do visit my website to order your signed copy. Every copy sold will make a real difference on the ground to those few wild dogs remaining and to the people dedicating their lives to protecting these charismatic yet marginalised predators.

Order Underdogs on my website conservationphotojournalism.com

Underdogs reviewed in BBC Wildlife…

Posted in African Wildlife, Photography, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

A review of my new African wild dog book Underdogs features in the February 2012 issue of BBC Wildlife magazine. The book fills the much sought after ‘Picture Book Choice’ slot with the following review:

“This is a book with heart. Photojournalist Neil Aldridge’s love of wild dogs shines through his beautiful images and passionate prose. Majoring on the species’ fight to survive – as poignantly illustrated by alpha female Stellar and her pack – this timely book highlights current conservation efforts, and offers a glimmer of hope for the future.”

This review follows a recent online gallery that can be seen on the magazine’s website discoverwildlife.com. The latest issue of BBC Wildlife is out now and features a touching image of lions by Andy Rouse on the cover. There is a special BBC Wildlife reader offer on Underdogs throughout February through NHBS. Underdogs is also available to buy on my website and on Amazon. With a donation from sales made to wild dog conservation, I urge you to please help this highly endangered carnivore by ordering your copy today.

Visit my main website at www.conservationphotojournalism.com

Underdogs available on Amazon across Europe…

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation Photography, Photography, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

New my African wild dog book Underdogs is now available on Amazon for delivery across Europe. The book can be ordered in the UK on Amazon.co.uk, in France on Amazon.fr and in Germany on Amazon.de.

With over 140 wildlife photographs, Underdogs celebrates what is special about the endangered African wild dog. Acute senses, a lightweight body, unrivaled stamina and power in numbers may make the wild dog one of Africa’s most efficient hunters but these remarkable characteristics saw the species fare badly with the arrival of big game hunters in Africa in the late 1800s. This charismatic carnivore has been an underdog in its fight to find its place in a developing continent ever since.

Over three years, I worked closely with trackers and researchers to follow, photograph and understand the African wild dog. The result is a book that explores the ecology of a remarkable species and looks at what makes it one of Africa’s most efficient carnivores. Underdogs also explores the reasons behind the decline of the wild dog and champions the efforts being made to secure a future for the species in South Africa and beyond.

Many of the book’s photographs have achieved acclaim in major international competitions and exhibitions but Underdogs is the first time all of these award-winning photographs can be seen in one place and brought into context.

See more of the photographs on conservationphotojournalism.com

Only days left to pre-order your signed copy of Underdogs…

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation, Photography, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2011 by Neil Aldridge

Don’t miss out on the chance to get a signed copy of my new African wild dog book Underdogs at a special pre-publication rate. With 23% off the retail price, you can order online via my main website at conservationphotojournalism.com and donations from sales will be made towards valuable conservation work aimed to secure a future for this endangered species.

You can also see selected pages from the book on my website. Underdogs will soon be available through selected booksellers at the full retail price.

See more on my website www.conservationphotojournalism.com

My wild dog gallery on BBC Wildlife website

Posted in African Wildlife, Conservation, Photography, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by Neil Aldridge

A portfolio of 16 shots from my new African wild dog book Underdogs is live on the BBC Wildlife Magazine website DiscoverWildlife.com. The gallery and captions provide an introduction to the species and to the wider story told in Underdogs, which is available for pre-ordering. Just like in this online gallery, the book aims to tell the story of a struggling species while celebrating what is a truly remarkable predator.

The Underdogs project has been three years in the making and was created with the assistance of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Carnivore Conservation Programme. With a donation from sales going towards African wild dog conservation efforts, Underdogs aims to make a real difference to the future of this endangered carnivore. Order your copy on my website before the 13th of December and you will receive a signed copy and a special pre-order discount. Please also share this link with anybody you know who could just be interested in making a difference to the future of this charismatic carnivore.

Order your copy of Underdogs at conservationphotojournalism.com