‘The goal is to repopulate them where they have been decimated, in countries including Rwanda, Zambia and Botswana…’ Rhino mass relocation – South Africa
Rhino mass relocation, South Africa – image ©Jason Florio. Sydney Morning Herald
‘Can military-style tactics help save the African rhino?’
Images © Jason Florio / Words by Todd Pitock – The Sydney Morning Herald
‘These magnificent beasts are facing annihilation from ruthless poachers, but environmentalists hope that military-style operations to move the animals across borders may help save the species.’ – read/see more in The Sydney Morning Herald.
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Instagram Takeover – Jason Florio
Starting Saturday 16-Friday 22 June 2018, I’ve been invited by Smithsonian Magazine to take over their Instagram page for a week (huge thanks, Smithsonian!)
I was commissioned by Smithsonian (via my NYC agent, Redux Pictures). for an assignment in South Africa – ‘Movable Beast‘ – a story about the largest rhino relocation, by road, in history from South Africa to Botswana, working with the writer, Todd Pitock.
‘Movable Beast’ Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018 – image © Jason Florio
So often with magazine assignments, a limited number of images, out of hundreds shot, that make it to the pages of the magazine. Therefore, this Instagram takeover is a great opportunity to share some of my favourites, exclusively, over the next week, that did not make it to the printed page.
I do hope that you can stop by – starting from tomorrow, Saturday 16th June – and check out my images @smithsonianmagazaine
‘A poaching team – the several men who actually do the grisly job may receive as much as $10,000 per horn‘ ‘Movable Beast‘
Words by Todd Pitock / Images ©Jason Florio for Smithsonian Magazine, June 2018. Now available, online, to view
‘I couldn’t keep putting my people at risk,” he said. “I couldn’t go to their families next time and tell them it wasn’t the poachers but one of our guys who got shot.’
‘The thieves were hunting mostly in Kruger National Park and the areas around South Africa’s eastern border with Mozambique. But as anti-poaching measures there improved and the price of rhino horn kept soaring, to tens of thousands of dollars a kilogram, the poachers began expanding into new territory.
They first hit Van Niekerk’s place, deep in the interior, in January 2017, came again the next month, and a third time that April. They killed six rhinos...’ read more online/Smithsonian Magazine
By Danielle Pergament / Bonobos
Photos by Jason Florio
‘The drive in is a killer. The roads are vertical and, while technically, they’re paved, if you think of them like dirt roads you’ll be less surprised by the bumps and holes. If you drive at night, like I did, you’re an idiot…‘ Lalibela, a Far Off Place Well Worth a Long Journey
Ethiopian Highlands – men and horses on their way to a wedding © Jason Florio