Prints For Wildlife: Safeguarding Africa’s Wild Areas
Prints for Wildlife, a pioneering photographic print fundraiser featuring world-class nature photographers, is returning in 2022. The organization raised $1.75 million for the non-profit African Parks as a result of two earlier print sales, selling more than 15,000 unique wildlife prints. It comes back this year with a greater mission in mind: helping to safeguard 30% of Africa’s wild areas by 2030.
To help accomplish this, Prints for Wildlife co-founders Marion Payr and Pie Aerts are unveiling the new print fundraiser on August 28, 2022. The organization estimates that nearly 50% of Africa’s landmass is suffering degradation, including the rapidly increasing effects that biodiversity loss has on the climate crisis. Prints for Wildlife’s current goal is to help safeguard 30 million hectares of Africa’s protected areas and contribute to the global target of protecting 30% of nature on Earth by 2030.
For any traveler who has gone to Africa on a safari or visited one of the continent’s wildlife preserves, it is a great way to contribute to wildlife management and protection. After printing and shipping costs, the organization gives 100% of the proceeds back to African Parks.
Payr and Aerts launched Prints for Wildlife in 2020 and it quickly became one of the largest fundraisers for African wildlife and African communities in the world. Hundreds of photographers have since joined the cause and many of them will participate in this edition.
For this edition, more than 100 photographers have come together to sell limited photo prints on Prints for Wildlife for one month. The photographers include Drew Doggett, Graeme Green, Karim Illya, Beverly Joubert, Will Burrard Lucas, Marsel van Oosten, Joachim Schmeisser, Chris Schmid, Gaël Ruboneka Vande Weghe and Ami Vitale. These photographers, whose work in many cases has appeared in National Geographic, have created dramatic and unique wildlife photos to offer for sale.
The beneficiary is African Parks, a conservation non-profit that currently manages 20 parks in 11 countries on behalf of governments in Africa for the benefit of local communities and wildlife. Each of the photographers will donate one fine art print to the fundraiser, which will be sold for US$100 through the online shop
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks manages 20 national parks and protected areas covering over 17 million hectares in 11 countries: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. This is the largest and most ecologically diverse portfolio of protected areas in Africa under rehabilitation by any one conservation organization. The organization was founded in 2000 in response to the dramatic decline of protected areas due to poor management and lack of funding. African Parks pioneered the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model for protected area management, whereby African Parks maintains the full responsibility and execution of all management functions and is accountable to each government, which owns the areas and determines policy.
Go to Prints for Wildlife for more information.