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Poulomee Basu Photography

Wildlife Photographer • Conservation Advocate • Wilderness Chaser • Elephant Lover

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This #worldphotographyday let’s all pledge to take more photos of things we love. This is Godoma, and she is a boisterous young thing, chasing the keepers, flapping her ears, mock charging and demanding play time when she is ignored. Totally adorable! . Taken on assignment at @dswt . @nature_org @dswt @dswtfosterparents @fightforelephants . . #wild #wildlife #Earthcapture #wilderness #nikon #jointheherd #wildlifephotography #igsc_wildlife #travel #elephant #africa #kenya #babyelephant #travelgram #photooftheday #dswt #nature #onlyafrica #naturephotography #african_portraits #conservation #earthpix #safari #igs_africa #instagood #travelstories #AFRICANature #elephantbaby #capturethewild

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As a wildlife photographer I find elephants THE most inspiring. They were the first animals I photographed in the wild, in Amboseli exactly 4 years ago, and that memory remains vivid in my brain. Every single time I photograph them, I am richer for the experience. They are beautiful, sentient beings with a rarified social intelligence that is incredible to observe. Just being around them, watching them graze and frolic around waterholes rumbling loudly, the little ones learning to control their trunks and the adults encouraging them on with a quiet smile, it’s really therapeutic. And presents some great photo opportunities too . This photo was one of the first ones I ever took, I had barely settled into our digs for the night when this herd just walked by. Completely oblivious to the humans around them. Just walking through the marshes in Amboseli one step at a time . It’s heartbreaking to know that even today EVERY 20 minutes one of these beautiful animals is slaughtered for trinkets. If we don’t prevent this massacre, they will only exist in picture books and memory. This World Elephant Day, lets make sure that doesn’t come to pass. Trunks up for Ellies everyone! ... @wildaid @bbcearth @onlyafrica @elephants_of_insta @africanwildlifefoundation @elephanstlover @elephantlover.s . . #wild #wildlife #Earthcapture #wilderness #nikon #blackandwhitephotography #jointheherd #wildlifephotography #igsc_wildlife #travel #elephant #africa #kenya #amboseli #travelgram #photooftheday #blackandwhite #nature #onlyafrica #naturephotography #african_portraits #conservation #earthpix #safari #igs_africa #instagood #travelstories #AFRICANature #worldelephantday #capturethewild

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Trading in lion bones is probably the most deplorable kind of exploitation these animals can be subject to. Let me walk you through the life cycle of a captive lion who is bred for the bullet . 1. Snatched as cubs from their moms when they are no more than a few days old 2. Forced to be cute around tourists and volunteers duped into thinking playing with lion cubs helps conservation. FYI it doesn’t. Hand rearing makes them familiar to humans, which makes it easier to exploit them 3. Offered up as a prop when ticking off moronic bucket list items such as ‘walking with lions’ and ‘playing with lions’ 4. Forced to stay in tiny enclosures with multiple other lions in ‘farms’ often labelled as ‘sanctuaries’ 5. Shot and killed by bloodthirsty hunters at a close range when old enough. 6. Trophies exported to adorn the halls of the hunters 7. Bones left as a by product of organised lion slaughter exported to the Far East most commonly China, to make lion bone wine . There are close to 8000 lions living this life in South Africa. Just waiting to be killed. In a truly shocking move their Environment department has recently raised the quota of these exports from 800 to 1500 lions per year. Shame on you South Africa. You should be ashamed of yourself for STILL being silent on the issue of canned hunting and actively encouraging it. It’s gut wrenching that we are living in a world where profits and corruption ‘Trump’ compassion and sustainability . Solution? Put more pressure on the SA government to take action. And until they stop this deplorable practice, boycott travelling to the country. In an era where profits are the only language people understand, hurting their tourism industry and brand is the only way to put pressure on the governments. Yes, there are many innocent people in the tourism sector who will be affected, but is there any other way to bring about policy change? #endcannedhunting #bloodlions

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A black backed jackal looking super satisfied with his meal 🦌

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Happy World Chimpanzee Day to all primate lovers! These animals are a real joy to know and photograph, full of curiosity, understanding and above all unbridled joy when you catch them in the right mood. Thank you for the feature @africanwildlifefoundation . . #Repost @africanwildlifefoundation with @get_repost ・・・ Happy #WorldChimpanzeeDay! . . #primate #chimpanzee #worldchimpanzeeday #sweetwaterstentedcamp #olpejeta #africa #wild #wilderness #wildlifeaddicts #wildlife_perfection #wildlifeonearth #worthmorealive #wildlifephotography #wildlifephotographer #explore #travelstories #travel

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This week came with some great news for Rhinos. The first ever hybrid Rhino embryo has been successfully created, using a southern white rhino egg and northern white rhino sperm, that has a strong chance of surviving to term. This means that the process can be replicated with pure northern rhino genetics! We were all devastated with #Sudan, the last male northern white #rhino died a few months ago. But due to the work of dedicated conservationists and scientists the world over, the species can now be brought back from #extinction . But we should be vary of celebrating too soon. We do not know how successful this program would be over the long run, how sustainable. On one had we are thrilled, that we are actually bringing back an extinct species to life, but we should not forget that it was our actions; the hunting, poaching and the indiscriminate slaughter for Rhino horn which has put them in this precarious position. Would all our large mammals meet a similar fate? Are elephants and lions next? Would we be late with our actions yet again? The need of the hour is more proactive action across the board, less reactive genetic engineering. More conservation, less regret . #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo . . @wildaid @africanwildlifefoundation @onlyafrica @nature_africa @rhinoafrica @rhinosaverz @savetherhinointernational

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If you think @dswt is only about elephants think again. They help a whole lot of different animals on a regular basis including Kiko pictured above. He was found in 2015, estimated to be just about a week old on the Meru National Park boundary. His mother was nowhere to be found but the area is rife with human-wildlife conflict. His rescue photos show him sitting calmly, sticking his neck out, and looking only a little scared, almost resigned to his fate. This was the first time a baby giraffe came to the elephant nursery . Fast forward to 2018, Kiko is tall and handsome. And strong too. He is best friends with all the baby elephants near him and tries to give cuddles to his human carers too. Stories such as Kiko’s are heart-warming but rare. For every animal saved, there are thousands still falling victims of human wildlife conflict every single day. We have a long way to go to ensure a successful and sustainable future for our tall legged friends Photo taken on assignment for @dswt . @wildaid @dswt @africanwildlifefoundation @giraffe_conservation @dswtfosterparents

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Everyone remembers the first time they saw a giraffe. I saw my first at the Giraffe Manor in Kenya when I fed them food and they practically licked my face off! The next time I saw them they were necking in the Masai Mara, fighting for mating rights. Every time I have seen them, they have presented an unusual photo opportunity. Their long necks, curious expressions, dramatic coats, slow amble, resting Oxpeckers and of course their unmissable silhouette against the African setting sun make them special to photograph and interact with. But they are in trouble . Today is #WorldGiraffeDay. Shockingly, Giraffe population all over Africa are now under threat, with more than 40% of these beautiful creatures wiped out over the last 30 years. It goes to prove that healthy populations of previously ‘safe’ animals can also slip into extinction, quietly. Just because no one is talking about them in the same volume as elephants and rhinos. And almost always the extinction is driven by habitat loss, human wildlife conflict and the abhorrent practice of trophy hunting. I can sympathise with habitat loss and human wildlife conflict issues; as there are good arguments on both sides and never a simple solution. But I cannot and will not sympathise with bloodthirsty goons who shoot animals for fun, call it conservation and then stuff the trophies in their living rooms to brag about. Governments and conservation agencies need to strive harder, and now, to end trophy hunting for good 🦒 . The vulnerability of Giraffes is a very good example of how much policy and public support is needed by organisations on the ground such as @giraffe_conservation. Show them some love and donate generously. Lets stick our necks out for Giraffes . If not today, then when eh? . @bbcearth @wildaid @africanwildlifefoundation . . #giraffe #giraffeday #botswana #travel #travelstories #conservation #beauty #moremi #nikon #wild #explore #wildlife #wilderness #wildlife_perfection #onlyafrica #wildlifeaddicts #safari #photooftheday #africa #nature #nature_brilliance #wildlifephotography #africananimals #african_portraits #EarthCapture #earthpix

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Beautiful. Elusive. In danger . The desert adapted lions of Namibia . When I saw them on film a couple of years ago, they looked almost mythical, walking on sand and basalt instead of the savannah grass. And then, there they were in front of our vehicle, less than a handful of prides in the whole country. They were shy, pale, a little twitchy in the presence of so many strangers. After all, its not every day that people get to spot them and spend time in their presence. In the couple of hours we spent with them, they lazed around, stood up, drank from the nearest pool, played with each other and even went on a hunt. Typical day in the life of a lion. But these lions are in danger, and most of them fall victims to human wildlife conflict, with people poisoning ‘problematic’ lions. Unless these issues are better managed and lions better protected, these issues will continue to leave bodies in their wake. This is the charm of Damaraland – there are no defined and patrolled borders like a national park. This is wild country. All of it. The people know it, the lions know it too. Now only if they could co-exist without encroaching each others’s land . . @wildaid @savingthelion @bbcearth @save.big.cats @africanwildlifefoundation @theafricansafari . . #wild #wildlife #earthpix #EarthCapture #bbcearth #wildlifephotography #igsc_wildlife #travel #onlyafrica #damaraland #lion #bigcat #africa #namibia #wildandfree #travelgram #photooftheday #nature #conservation #naturephotography #waterhole #lionpride #desertlion #traveltheworld #AFRICANature #african_portraits #feature_wildlife #SavingTheLion #capturethewild #ourplanetdaily

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Nature is not something you visit. Nature is home . Happy #worldenvironmentday everyone. Let’s pledge to make our environment cleaner, greener and more sustainable by doing what we can, whatever we can, but doing it with purpose and clarity. Remember, all our ecosystems are connected in a million different ways, with us playing a critical role in preserving their beauty, vitality and integrity . #earth #sustainable #planetearth #ecosystem #nature #earthpix #earthcapture #landscape #tranquil #sunset #tanzania #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #iphoneography #ig_captures #serengeti #beauty #explore #ourplanetdaily #savannah #wild #wilderness #acacia #silhouette #naturephotography #ig_africa #nature_brilliance

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According to a new study ‘Human race represents just 0.01% of all life on this planet but has destroyed over 80% of wild #mammals & half of plants’ Source: https://goo.gl/bQkyST via The Guardian . . Let that sink in for one minute. 0.01%. Our #footprint is nothing short of enormous. And it’s still growing. Our commitment to care for our planet is low and world politics still revolve around profits and wars rather than the real threat. At this rate, scenes like this will only exist in movies and books . . #earth_capture #wild #earthday #earthpix #ig_africa #ourplanetdaily #IntlBiodiversityDay #BiodiversityDay #biodiversity #wildlife #ngorongorocrater #tanzania #nature #nature_brilliance #zebra #panorama #dramatic #travelstories #explore #traveltheworld #travel #wildlife_perfection #wildlifephotography #safari #wildlife_seekers #wilderness #africa #african_portraits

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