Wild, wild life

John Kasaona has helped turn the poachers of Namibia, including his father, into conservationists, giving them “ownership in the wildlife.”

 

“We realized that stopping poaching is completely different from catching poachers.”

 

“When we look to the buffalo in the Midwest, Namibia is now a model for the U.S.”

 

"My father taught me that when you see a cheetah feeding in the wild, you just slap it on the butt, and it will run away.

 

If you see a lion face to face, stand your ground son, and look big. It might turn away.

 

But if you see a leopard, you run like hell boy. You run faster than the goats you are herding.”

 

His slideshow included a number of amazing shots by Frans Lanting. By coincidence, I spoke with him at great length about camera traps the prior night. The photos on his iPhone were much better than mine. =)

 

You can see the annotated TED slideshow here

  • biotron 5y

    incredible photos on that slideshow!
  • Steve Jurvetson 5y

    A friend working in this field just sent me this tiger ambush video link.
  • biotron 5y

    wow - in the same field as the attack? ;)

    the height on that jump is amazing - note on a longer, poorer quality version that the bloke's hand was torn apart, with the end titles claiming he'd lost 3 fingers.
  • Epp 5y

    “We realized that stopping poaching is completely different from catching poachers.”

    Love this difference in point of view... and impressed with the results! Role models.
  • Evan O'Neil 5y

    Great shot, Steve. I used this to feature the TED video on Policy Innovations. www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/innovations/data/000124
  • Aspian 2y

    Thanks for taking so many excellent shots at TED talks, and especially for making them available via Creative Commons. I have used this photo here simpledailychange.com/learn-it/ to illustrate the simple daily change of "learn it" - learn something every day to help your career.
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