MEET THE NEW ‘BIG 5’
Wildlife lovers choose their top beasts for conservation project
More than 50,000 votes have been cast by wildlife lovers to pick a new ‘Big 5’ of their favourite animals to photograph and enjoy in photos: the elephant, polar bear, gorilla, tiger and lion.
The New Big 5 project was created by British photographer Graeme Green to raise awareness about the many threats to the world’s wildlife, including habitat loss, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.
The original ‘Big 5’ was a term used by trophy hunters in Africa for the five most prized and dangerous animals to shoot and kill: elephant, leopard, lion, rhino and Cape buffalo. The New Big 5 project turns that definition on its head to create a New Big 5 of wildlife photography.
More than 250 of the world’s leading wildlife photographers, conservationists and wildlife charities have joined together to support the international initiative – click the link to learn more at the New Big 5 website.