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Poulomee Basu Photography

Wildlife Photographer • Conservation Advocate • Wilderness Chaser • Elephant Lover

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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. 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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#throwback to the wonderful evening spent among giraffes in @olpejeta . They are such beautiful and elegant creatures, giraffes, always posing gracefully (and quizzically) for the cameras. But what the photo doesn’t reveal is the violence displayed by the dominant male to hold on to his territory. He shoves, pushes, straight up fights his rivals and injured their necks and underbellies if he gets a chance. Looks can be deceptive no? . . #monochrome #blackandwhite #giraffe #olpejeta #kenya #africa #evening #safari #adventure #noir #conservation #blackandwhitephoto #africanature #wild #nature #wildlifeaddicts #wilderness #beauty #africageophoto #wildlifephotography #ig_africa #photography #photoofday #instagood #onlyafrica #wildlife_seekers #nikon #waterhole #wildlife . . @africanwildlifefoundation @onlyafrica

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Fragile ... Probably the best way to describe earth today. It was overwhelming to see so many posts on #Earthday, promising all good things, but often such promises get lost in the face of everyday humdrum. People ask ‘What difference can I make when the mighty cogs of policy and politics are still focussed towards drilling for fossil fuels?’ . But we all CAN make a difference. If we know about the impact we have on our species and ecosystems, we CAN offset a whole lot through our lifestyle choices. The choices we make MATTER; to the animals, plants, people and our planet. Here are 5 suggestions ... 1. Eat less meat. It means less land for animal husbandry which equates to more forests! Did you know that 1 cheeseburger costs 66 gallons of water to produce? ONE burger. ... 2. Reuse. #Recycle. All. The. time. Don’t use plastic unless you ABSOLUTELY have to. ... 3. Say NO to products DIRECTLY responsible for decimating our rainforests. Palm oil is a good example. Often disguised as vegetable oil or any of its 20 other names, WWF advises consumers to look for the RSPO label or the Green Palm Label to ensure the product is sustainably sourced 🌴 ... 4. Say NO to products with a large carbon footprint –just check the label about the product’s origin. Do you really need tomatoes from Brazil every day? ... 5. Say NO to all #wildlife products – no to shark fin soup, no to whale meat, no to ivory trinkets, no to tiger bone wine and no to bear bile .... It’s unreasonable for us to give up all ways of modernity & make drastic changes overnight. But, smaller changes can reap benefits if done conscientiously & consistently. We all need to pick the things we can commit to and stick to them. It’s also time to have these conversations with friends & family, even if they become prickly. #letsdothis . FYI - this is #Jokulsarlon in #Iceland, where you can see massive icebergs breaking away from the Vatnajokull glacier and melting into the Atlantic. A microcosm for our warming world. Beautiful & haunting . . #earth #sustainable #planetearth #ecosystem #nature #earthpix #earthcapture #landscape #tranquil #sunset #landscapephotography #landscape_captures #nikon #ig_captures

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This #EarthDay I m thinking of the wise words of Dame Daphne Sheldrick. She may be gone but her words remain truer than ever . “All Life has just one home, the earth, and we as the dominant species must take care of it." . . #ig_africa #igs_africa #africa #africageophoto #wild #wildlifeaddicts #wildlife_seekers #wildlife_perfection #wildlifephotography #etoshaexplorer #etosha #namibia #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephoto #monochrome #biodiversity #elephant #african_portraits #earthcapture . . @wildaid @wildlifeonearth @africageo @nature_africa @africanwildlifefoundation

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