Remembering Wildlife is the collective name for the series of books created by British wildlife photographer Margot Raggett, who was prompted to take action after seeing a poached elephant in Northern Kenya in 2014. She began asking fellow wildlife photographers if they would contribute to a fundraising book.
Their response was unanimous and Remembering Elephants, by ‘Wildlife Photographers United’ was published in September 2016 with images donated by 65 of the world’s top wildlife photographers. Such was the success that Remembering Rhinos was quickly announced and launched in 2017, once again to critical acclaim. Remembering Great Apes, the third book in the series, was published on 15th October 2018 featuring images donated by 72 photographers and is on track to raise more funds than ever. On January 1st 2019, Margot announced that the next book in the series will be Remembering Lions.
All three books so far were prefunded by successful Kickstarter campaigns, meaning that all profits can be given straight to projects protecting the species that the book is focused on. So far across the first three books the project has distributed (or is in the process of distributing) more than £500,000 to conservation projects via charity partner for those books, The Born Free Foundation and has supported projects in Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Chad, Rwanda, Tanzania, India, Java, Sumatra and Kenya.
The Kickstarter campaign for Remembering Lions finished on 24th March 2019. It smashed its funding target in less than 30 minutes and raised more than £82,000/$100,000 in the first 24 hours. Eventually it raised £163,904, making it the third highest-funded photo book ever on Kickstarter. Pre-orders for Remembering Lions (which will be published 14th October 2019) are now open here.
To date the Remembering Wildlife project has raised more than £460,000. Funds raised go directly to protecting the featured species. Remembering Wildlife’s work is made possible by the generous donation of images by many of the world’s best wildlife photographers including Steve Winter, Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Brent Stirton, Tim Laman and Jonathan & Angela Scott.
The winner of the ‘Endangered Planet’ portfolio category will receive all four of the Remembering Wildlife books.