“These 5 animals – elephant, polar bear, gorilla, tiger, lion – are such beautiful and remarkable species, and are wonderful ambassadors for the world’s wildlife, from iconic species to little-known frogs, lizards, fish and birds. So many face threats to their survival from issues such as poaching, habitat loss and climate change. A million species are at risk of extinction. If we work together, we can stop this happening. There is always hope. Change is possible if we each play our part.” Jane Goodall
The New Big 5 project was the brainchild of Graeme Green, a British photographer, journalist and travel writer;
“The New Big 5 is a simple idea I came up with years ago while on a photo assignment in Botswana. It felt to me like something that should exist. The world’s going through dark and difficult times in 2020. The New Big 5 is an exciting, positive way to get people talking and thinking about the world’s wildlife.
But it has a serious message: the world’s wildlife is in crisis. Urgent action is needed. It’s an incredible world we live in, a far better place with these animals than without. These animals are also vital to our own survival. I hope the New Big 5 can help bring attention and action for all the world’s wildlife, large and small, to stop these animals being lost.” – Graeme Green, Founder, New Big 5
Five very worthy and beautiful winners that all need real help. I’m very happy to see the Tiger in the New Big 5. They are in real trouble of going extinct on our watch and much more needs to be done to stop this.
Recent evidence suggests that planet earth is at the beginning of its sixth mass extinction event, the most rapid loss of species since dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago.
The disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species, caused almost entirely by human activity, will have serious ecological, economic and social consequences, experts have warned.
This was a fantastic project that I was delighted to be part of. It had a serious message that the world’s wildlife is in crisis, the next ten years are critical, more than a million species are currently at risk of extinction. Highlighting the issues using photography, showing us what we will lose if we don’t act now.
I’d like to thank Graeme for inviting me to be part of this amazing project and all the very best with this moving forward.