Help fight the illegal trade of animals parts by donating your quality photos of endangered animals to FREELAND. It is completely free, and this is your greatest chance to make a difference in the world of conservation. For more information please read on
Stolen from HeWhoWalksWithTigers
I've been talking about FREELAND quite a bit over the past year. After all, I've been happily helping them partly because of your help! However, FREELAND is currently in a predicament and could use the help of fellow wildlife photographers out there!
The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to have a value of billions of dollars every year, making it the third most lucrative international industry behind guns and drugs. However, despite this trade wiping out wildlife all over the world, efforts of law enforcement have yet to match those of the criminals that traffic wildlife. Simply put, the illegal wildlife trade is not taken seriously. As a result, law enforcement and customs personnel often do not have the training to identify wildlife and wildlife products that they come across. This lack of knowledge prevents cases from being developed against wildlife criminals.
FREELAND is developing a mobile app for enforcement and customs personnel in Southeast Asia to help them easily identify wildlife that is being trafficked, especially those being trafficked illegally. However, given the number of species trafficked, FREELAND simply does not have the resources to pay for the rights to use professional photos of wildlife in their app.
Here is where you come in! If you are interested in helping FREELAND tackle the illegal wildlife trade and are a wildlife photographer, you can help by donating your photos for use in this app. All photographers will be credited and FREELAND will inform you when the app is released.
How to Help
For those interested, please take a look at the list of species below. If you have high-quality images of any of these species and wish to donate your photos to the cause, you cab send them to PhotosForFREELAND@gmail.com. If you do, please list the species and your name somewhere in the photo file name; that will make things easy for organizing and crediting later on (hopefully, if we do get a lot of photos)!
Image resolution is preferred to be larger than 2048 x 1566 pixels, but smaller images are also acceptable.
Please share with friends here on DeviantArt through your journal and in the groups you belong to! It will help get the word out there!
Gaur and Banteng
All wild cat species, specifically endangered South-east Asian cats
Southeast Asian Otters (Eurasian otter, hairy-nosed otter, smooth-coated otter, oriental small clawed otter etc.)
Asiatic Black Bear
Banded Palm Civet and Banded Linsang
Lesser Whistling and Wandering Whistling Ducks
Birds of Prey
Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot
Alligator and Caiman species
Philippine and New Guinea Crocodiles
Siamese and Estuarine Crocodiles
Day Gecko species
Monitor Lizard Species
Oriental Rat Snake
Asian Box Turtles
Malaysian Giant Turtle
Indian Star Tortoise
Burmese Star Tortoise
Asian Brown Tortoise
Asiatic Softshell Turtle
Chinese Softshell Turtle
Giant Clam species
Orchids (particularly CITES appendix I species)
FREELAND is a Thailand-based non-profit which aims to end human and wildlife trafficking. To find out more, please visit freeland.org/eng/
I would highly encourage you donate any relevant photos to FREELAND and as a reward to all those who do, I will feature you in TheBlueGuardian's journal, for all those who wish me to do so.
I also encourage you all to share this and spread the word!