Wildlife photography’s ‘big five’ ‘face serious threats to their existence’

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The new “Big Five” of the largest creatures in the natural world to photograph have been revealed after a year-long global vote.

Unlike the old Big Five, based on the five toughest animals in Africa that colonial hunters can shoot and kill, the new list is made up of animals to see in the wild and photograph with a camera.

The animals chosen are elephants, polar bears, gorillas, tigers and lions.

They were chosen by more than 50,000 votes from wildlife lovers around the world.

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The initiative of photographer and journalist Graeme Green, has been supported by conservation organizations, photographers and experts and aims to celebrate nature and create a ‘to do list’ for wildlife lovers and hobbyists. of photography to see in their life.

Mr Green said the new Big Five are “not only some of the most beautiful and incredible animals on the planet”, but also “face serious threats to their existence.”

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He added: “The new Big Five are the tip of the iceberg. They represent all the creatures on the planet, many of which are in danger.

“From bees to blue whales, all wildlife is essential to the balance of nature, healthy ecosystems and the future of our planet.”

The original Big Five were lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffaloes.

The new initiative was supported by more than 250 wildlife photographers, conservationists and charities around the world, as well as famous names including environmentalist and presenter Chris Packham and actress Joanna Lumley.

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-AAP