July 10th, 2014
From it's source in Angola, the Okavango River winds it way down to Botswana pouring in the Kalahari Desert spreading out into the Okavango Delta. The heart of the delta is a year round swamp providing life to a wide variety of plants and wildlife in this arid land. The hippos aren't the only Botswanans grateful for the water. Rain or "Pula" is so important in this arid land that the same word is also used for their currency. In recent years the river and delta has faced threats from dam projects and diamond mining.
June 24th, 2014
BBC Wildlife magazine is featuring images from Suzi Eszterhas latest book A Future for Cheetahs in their July 2014 issue. For those who aren't familiar with BBC Wildlife or cannot find in at your local bookstore, a gallery of images from the story is posted to their website.
June 16th, 2014
Suzi Eszterhas of an adult male lion grousing under the attention of his cub made a terrific pre-Father's Day appearance as the Bing-US home page the past weekend.
June 6th, 2014
Did you know that 6 out of 7 of the world’s endangered turtle species, like this Green Sea Turtle, can be found along the Great Barrier Reef. UNESCO is gathering signatures to raise awareness of ecosystem's delicate balance and encourage Australian lawmakers to prevent dumping in waters around the reef thereby preserving a World Heritage site and important biome.
June 6th, 2014
The popular PBS program ANTIQUES ROADSHOW maintains a policy of only wildlife related items featuring which are legal under U.S. law including the Endangered Species Act and U.S. regulations for implementing the (CITES). They have also just announced that Elephant tusks will no longer be accepted for appraisal. One more reason to love the Roadshow.
June 4th, 2014
With patience and calm, Flip Nicklin was able to get eye to eye with this friendly singer. Years ago it was Flip's free-diving ability which enabled him to photograph the underside of a singing humpback without the startling bubbled of a SCUBA tank, thereby enabling researchers to determine that singing humpbacks are all males. Years later we still don't know why they sing or what they're saying. As one of the founding members of Whale Trust, Flip Nicklin continues to work with researchers to unearth the secrets of the deep- and particularly those of the Humpback Whale.
June 4th, 2014
In honor of the upcoming World Oceans Day, here is a great image of Clown Anemonefish nestled in the tentacles of their host anemone. Clownfish and sea anemones have a mutualistic relationship. Anemonefish are unaffected by the toxins found in the sea anemone's tentacles which provide the tiny fish with shelter and protection from predators which don't have the same immunity to the toxins. In return, fish excrement fertilizes algae living in the host which in turn keep the anemone healthy and happy.
June 4th, 2014
Suzi is proud to announce her exhibit, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting TigerTime - Save the Tiger, at the opening of the Wildlife Artist of the Year at the Mall Galleries in London.
June 3rd, 2014
There are said to be more tigers living in captivity in the US than there are left in the wild. Lax regulations mean that authorities have no way of knowing who owns captive tigers or what happens to their body parts when they die. These gaps in US regulations could make tigers held in captivity a target for illegal trade. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation as initiated Tiger Time- a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of these captive animals. Photographer Suzi Eszterhas committed to the conservation of the wild animals she photographs as well as the treatment of animals no longer living free.
May 29th, 2014
On Thursday, the 22nd of May, 2014 Yasuni National Park, the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, was handed some bad news from Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Oil drilling will be allowed to move forward in protected areas of the park since a conservation plan has been scrapped due to a lack of funding. Established in 2010 the Yasuni-ITT initiative outlined how Ecuador would forego extracting the untapped oil, 21% of Ecuador's natural reserve, in exchange for $3.6 billion over thirteen years from the international community. Only $13 million of the funds were pledged so the initiative has been dissolved. Now the drilling company Petroamazonas who has a record of destruction and spills has a signed permit to drill in a 6,500-square-mile reserve known as block 43; oil production may begin as soon as 2016.
Yasuni is a special place. Considered one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth it boasts 655 species of trees, 173 species of mammals, 610 species of birds and over 4,000 plant species. One hectare of the area is richer in tree species than the entirety of the United States and Canada combined. In addition, two indigenous tribes, the Tagaeri and the Taromenane, live in voluntary isolation within the Park borders. Increased oil exploitation in the Park will threaten both the human and animal residents of this protected area beginning with the construction of access roads and drilling camps. Click here for a gallery of Yasuni images by Pete Oxford: http://animalsandearth.artistwebsites.com/galleries.html