Remembering Wildlife, the groundbreaking fundraising photo book series, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce the sixth book in the collection, Remembering African Wild Dogs, which will help to protect another of the world's most endangered animals.
There are only around 6,600 African wild dogs left in the wild and Remembering Wildlife aims to fund projects to protect them with money raised from sales of Remembering African Wild Dogs, the next book in the series that has already donated over £750,000/$1m to 49 projects across 23 countries since it first published in 2016. The team hopes the new book will this year take its fundraising total to over £1 million raised.
The book will be published on Saturday 6th November, 2021 and will feature stunning images donated by many of the world's leading wildlife photographers, including Marsel van Oosten, Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Greg du Toit, and Charlie Hamilton James. This year’s cover image was taken by Neil Aldridge.
As with the other books in the series, production of Remembering African Wild Dogs will only be possible with the support of Kickstarter pledges but once the book is made, all profits are donated to the cause.
The Kickstarter campaign, which must raise a minimum of £20,000 to ensure the book will be published, launches on Friday 5th March and runs until Sunday 4th April.
The Kickstarter page is at: http://bit.ly/wilddogs-Kickstarter
African wild dogs are also known as painted dogs or painted wolves because of their strikingly colourful patchy coats. They are the second most endangered carnivore in Africa and populations have declined due to loss of – or ever decreasing – habitat, conflict with humans protecting their livestock, susceptibility to disease, bushmeat snares and predators such as lions.
Remembering Wildlife exists to raise awareness of the plight facing wildlife, as well as funds to protect it. Famous fans and supporters of the Remembering Wildlife series include Russell Crowe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chris Martin, Pierce Brosnan and many others.
The series of books was created by wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, who was moved to act after coming face-to-face with a poached elephant in Kenya. With the five published books – Remembering Elephants, Remembering Rhinos, Remembering Great Apes, Remembering Lions and Remembering Cheetahs – Margot set out each time to make the most beautiful book on a species ever seen, using images donated by many of the world’s top wildlife photographers. Over 32,000 copies have been sold worldwide so far.
Exciting rewards are available for Kickstarter supporters depending on the individual amount pledged. Rewards include a first edition copy of the book, limited-edition prints, bespoke jewellery items and safari experiences.
Margot Raggett said: "African wild dogs aren’t as well-known as other species such as lions and cheetahs and yet they are in such trouble, that I believe it’s our duty at Remembering Wildlife to tell their story.
“We want to raise awareness of this amazing species and the threats that it faces and to raise funds for projects working on the frontline to protect them, as a vital part of the eco-system. They deserve our attention every bit as much as some of the more ‘well-known’ species. With the pandemic still reducing travel to many places in Africa which rely on tourist dollars to fund conservation, it is more important than ever that organisations like ours try and step up to plug the gaps.
“For every £1 ‘invested’ in our Kickstarter by a supporter over the past five books, we've eventually turned that into a donation to a conservation organisation of more than £1.30. This proves without doubt how this model, of using Kickstarter to provide the cashflow to make the books, really does work incredibly effectively for our project.
“Anyone pledging to the Kickstarter will ultimately give more to the wildlife we’re protecting and will play a valuable part in helping secure the future of these fascinating animals.”
The foreword for the book will be written by conservationist John Kamanga, winner of the 2020 Tusk Award for conservation and Co-Founder and Director of SORALO, a project in Southern Kenya that Remembering Wildlife has supported with a number of grants.