Remembering Wildlife, the groundbreaking charity picture book series, has raised over £100,000 in ten days, for a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for its forthcoming book, Remembering Cheetahs.
The Kickstarter campaign launched on 13th March, and has raised £110,558 (with 10 days to go), despite being launched as the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic hit the UK and many other countries.
The book will help to protect the world's most endangered big cat. There are only around 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild. Remembering Wildlife aims to fund projects to protect the felines with money raised by Remembering Cheetahs, the fifth in the book series that has already donated £615,000/$800,000 to 38 projects across 21 countries since it first published in 2016.
The book will be published on Monday 12th October, 2020 and will feature stunning images donated by many of the world's leading wildlife photographers, including Marsel van Oosten, Jonathan and Angela Scott, Frans Lanting, Greg du Toit, and Charlie Hamilton James.
But production will only be possible with the support of Kickstarter pledges by those who want to play their part in protecting this beautiful endangered animal. The Kickstarter campaign will remain open until Sunday 12th April and can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/RememberingCheetahsKS.
All of the money raised via Kickstarter will be used to fund the production and printing of the books, as well as, if enough is raised, to pay for launch events and exhibitions.
The biggest threat to cheetahs is human conflict, largely retaliation by farmers; but they are also trafficked as pets, killed for their pelts and body parts, and cub mortality is even impacted by high density tourism. In Iran, the Asiatic cheetah is down to fewer than 50 individuals.
Remembering Wildlife exists to raise awareness of the plight facing wildlife and also funds to protect it. Famous fans of the Remembering Wildlife series include Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joanna Lumley and Russell Crowe.
The series of books was created by wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, after she was moved to take action upon seeing a poached elephant in Kenya. With the four published books -- Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos, Remembering Great Apes and Remembering Lions – Margot set out to make the most beautiful book on a species ever seen, using images donated by many of the world’s top wildlife photographers.
Margot Raggett said: “This is a huge testament to the passion that so many people have for protecting these beautiful endangered big cats. Despite launching this campaign just as the effects of the Coronavirus hit many countries across the globe, we have already managed to raise over £100,000.
"We can't do this without the generosity of our supporters to get this book published, despite these difficult times. With their help, we can raise awareness of the threats facing cheetahs and through sales of the book, we can raise funds to protect them.
“The plight of cheetahs is incredibly severe. With only 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild, we must act now to save this beautiful animal.
"As with all of the previous books, this project is only made possible by the generous donation of images by the world's leading wildlife photographers, working together under the banner of 'Wildlife Photographers United'.”
As well as the books themselves, Kickstarter pledgers will be able to win rewards such as prints, camera gear and bargain safaris.
There will be a public launch of the book at London’s Royal Geographical Society on Thursday, 15th October, 2020.
Also today, wildlife TV presenter Gordon Buchanan MBE, has announced in his video that the Remembering Cheetahs photo contest is now open! Gordon is a guest judge for the competition for 10 places in this year's book, along with wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas.
You can read all about the competition and enter by clicking here. All profits from entry fees will be added to the fundraising total, for distribution later in the year. The competition is open to everyone from pros to amateurs, and everyone in between. The contest runs until April 26th.
To find out more about Remembering Wildlife, click here: https://rememberingwildlife.com/
To find out more about the projects that Remembering Wildlife has already funded, click here: https://rememberingwildlife.com/projects/