Wildlife Conservation Blog


A Major Dam Project Threatens a Way of Life

“There, out there, the aliens were building a dam across the holiest spot on Earth. They were going to flood the sacred gorge of Kariba and drown the ancient graves ...

The pandemic is a time of purification, says a Native elder

...it seems like people want to grab everything for themselves, they don't care, they just destroy. There will be terrible things that are going to happen. We need to clean ...

Saving the Ghosts of Madagascar, the Lemurs

“The natural world is precious, more precious than Rembrandt or the Hope Diamond, but is being destroyed every day. We can band together to value nature with all its treasures. …

Saving the Great Apes, Our Closest Living Relatives

“Gorillas are almost altruistic in nature. There’s very little of any ‘me-itis.’ When I get back to civilization I’m always appalled by ‘me, me, me.’ ” —Dian Fossey PUBLISHED: THE …

Can the Last Wild Rhinos be Saved from Extinction?

  “…once you break through into the rhinoceros’s idiom, discover what a rhinoceros mother would find beautiful in a rhinoceros son, the impression animal beauty makes on you is blinding.” …

Grizzly bears need better protection now

  “Are people more important than the grizzly bear? Only from the point of view of some people.” –Edward Abbey PUBLISHED: THE HILL: Changing America by Cyril Christo, Opinion Contributor …

After Devastating Fires, Australia needs a New Environmental Agenda

  “With your vision you see me sitting on a rock, but I am sitting on the body of my ancestor. The earth, his body, and my body are identical.” …

The Photographic Seer, Peter Beard, showed us a world on the edge

Editor’s note: Wildlife photographer Peter Beard has died at 82. Image is of Peter Beard and Lou Reed.   PUBLISHED: THE HILL: Changing America by Cyril Christo, Opinion Contributor April …

Why we must save the Amazon

PUBLISHED: THE HILL: Changing America by Cyril Christo, Opinion Contributor April 15, 2020 ““The world needs to listen to the cry of the Earth, which is asking for help. If …

In Saving the Elephants and other Species, We Preserve Freedom

PUBLISHED: THE HILL: Changing America by Cyril Christo, Opinion Contributor April 7, 2020 “Today you say that elephants are archaic and cumbersome, that they interfere with roads and telegraph poles, …

Trophy hunting of lions is unscientific as well as immoral.

PUBLISHED: THE HILL: Changing America by Cyril Christo, Opinion Contributor February 12, 2020 “What if a greater race of beings were to make flutes and buttons out of our bones?” …

Coronavirus should be a warning for a changing climate

PUBLISHED: THE HILL: Changing America by Cyril Christo, Opinion Contributor March 30, 2020 “We’re under some gross misconception that we’re a good species, going somewhere important, and that at the …

Coronavirus should make us rethink our role in the world.

PUBLISHED: THE HILL by Cyril Christo, Opinion Contributor March 23, 2020 “Modern man does not experience himself as a part of nature but as an outside force destined to dominate …

We Need an International Environmental Criminal Court Now!

PUBLISHED: CHANGING AMERICA by Cyril Christo, 2020 “Confraternity of the living sun, make the embers of financial and industrial internationalism pale upon the hearth of the earth.” -DH Lawrence “The …

Jane Goodall: Why the battle to save Africa’s wildlife must be won

“A new book (Lords of the Earth: The Entwined Destiny of Wildlife and Humanity) shines a light on what’s at stake, as well as the intimate relationship between local people …

Our Last Chance to turn Earth Around

“We’re not even native to this earth, the way we’re behaving.” — Lysander Christo PUBLISHED: THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN By Cyril Christo Dec 21, 2019 Lord Rees years ago …

Why we need to save elephants to save ourselves.

An important new movie and book project make a new and urgent case to defend Africa’s wildlife because our own fate depends on it. This article was published on the …

Looking for Collectors

We are looking for collectors of our 20 x 24 inch black and white photographs for research in the field on a film about the meaning and importance of the …

Earth’s Greatest Predator No Match for Man

Earth’s Greatest Predator No Match for Man This article was published in the Santa Fe New Mexican on September 21, 2019. LINK “The melting ice is the hourglass that marks …

Planned Parenthood “Artists for Choice” Benefit at Guild Hall East Hampton – June 15, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ 5:30 PM Guild Hall, 158 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937 One of our photographs, “Zambezi Elephants I,” is up for auction. Join us for …

PASATIEMPO: Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson’s Ode to the African Elephant

The Plight of the Pachyderms: Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson’s ode to the African Elephant Article printed in the Pasatiempo on April 19, 2019 Walking Thunder: Ode to the African …

TAOS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL AND SATELLITE EXHIBITION AT THE PHILIP BAREISS GALLERY

Reception Saturday, April 13 from 4 to 6pm. Closing Reception, April 21 from noon to 3pm THIS EXHIBITION WILL BE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FILMMAKER’S BEAUTIFUL FILM, WALKING THUNDER, WHICH …

FILM REVIEW: A World without Elephants

IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR SCREENING AT THE 10TH ANNUAL SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 17-21. COME TO THE SCREEN ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19th at 6PM!!!! Santa Fe University of …

Are These the Last Days of Leviathan?

Article printed in the Santa Fe New Mexican on August 11, 2018 I saw the sea spilling its tumultuous brain this summer on Amagansett Beach, a dead humpback lying like …

WALKING THUNDER FILM: Q & A with filmmakers Cyril Christo & Marie Wilkinson

Documenting the African elephant’s ‘last stand’ by John C. Cannon on 21 May 2018 COMPLETE ARTICLE ON MONGABAY: CLICK “Walking Thunder” can feel like a family trip around the continent of Africa — …

Saved by the Great Being — the elephant

SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN – Commentary by Cyril Christo Published Feb 10, 2018 We’re stuck in deep sand, with a lion kill nearby. No technology, no radio can save us. …

Ghosts in the Grass: The Last Lions of Africa

PUBLISHED ON NOVEMBER 15, 2017 AT: http://voicesforbiodiversity.org “In another generation, perhaps, the animals of Africa, the little, beautiful animals of the plains and the strange, gigantic animals, the last survivors …

The Earth this time…wake up!

We came face to face with a bull elephant at 10 feet, on foot. Our guide, unique in Africa, trusted us. We trusted the elephant. And, more importantly, the elephant …

Meeting with an Elephant

PRINTED IN VOICES FOR BIO DIVERSITY: August 27, 2017 At the age of 11, Lysander Christo traveled to the Okavango Delta with his father Cyril Christo. They visited this important location …

The Living Boulders of  a Faraway Time

PRINTED IN VOICES FOR BIO DIVERSITY: August 14, 2017 We walked among the armored behemoths in total awe, mesmerized  by the sands and giant green Euphorbia bushes that seemed to be …

Elephantine Moment

The East Hampton Star: July 12, 2017 To the Editor, Not long ago our son, Lysander, 11, and I got stuck in more than six inches of sand in the …

Sublime Silence: In Praise of a Necessary Predator – the Leopard

The leopard haunts the forests and lurks in the shadows of the savannahs of Asia and Africa, like a stealthy ghost born in equal measure of the golden sun and …

Prayer for the Great Sentinel of the Plains – the Giraffe

Prayer for the Great Sentinel of the Plains – the Giraffe They are the great sentinels of the plains, towering ambassadors who root the earth to the sky like no …

An Encounter with the Great Sirens of the Sea

Excerpt from EPOCH TIMES, February 22, 2017 by Cyril Christo Like a cetacean torch lunging out of water, a humpback greeted the setting sun in ecstatic breach. So started our …

A Letter to the African Elephant

In 1967, Romain Gary, that remarkable poet of the spirit, penned an address to you, the elephants of earth, of such stunning clarity and beauty; it is a prayer for …

NATIVE PLUNDER: in Memory of North Dakota

PHOTO ABOVE: A Native American protestor pauses on land being prepared for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Sept. 3. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) If you think …

Seeing the Elephant in the Room

AUTHOR: Cyril Christo. Published EPOCH TIMES, October 5, 2016 As a concerned parent and Academy Award nominee who helped alert the world to the elephant crisis in the landmark “Agony …

Conservationists Say Now is the Time to Stop Elephant Slaughter

RECENT ARTICLE USING CHRISTO & WILKINSON PHOTOGRAPHY By Sarah Le, Epoch Times September 27, 2016 CITES is considering a proposal to reclassify all African elephants to the category Appendix I, …

Killing the International Trade on Endangered Species

Saving the Great Being of the Elephant By Cyril Christo | September 13, 2016 One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals …

OUR BEES ARE DYING SIGN THE PETITION

SIGN THE PETITION Pesticides are killing bees and the U.S. government knows it 82% We’ve reached 164,993 of our goal of 200,000. Sign the petition The petition to the Environmental …

America is Struggling to Hold onto a Vestige of its Conservation Ethos

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. —Abraham Lincoln …. We have doomed the wolf not …

A Salute to the Angels of the Sea, the Whale Sharks

Published on Mongabay on Nov 6, 2015 in Commentary By Cyril Christo   “I salute you ancient ocean. Answer me, ocean do you want to be my brother?” wrote Lautreamont, …

Silent Pride, Saving the Last Lions of Africa

PUBLISHED: EPOCH TIMES October 22, 2015 The so-called civilized people? They had no excuse. They hunted for what they called ‘trophies,’ for the excitement of it, for pleasure, in fact. …

The Elephants from the Land that Time Forgot

One overwhelming afternoon, four remarkable, four legged planets of perfection moved over the poem of the African wilderness and stepped into our hearts forever.   They roam the hinterlands of …

SILENT PRIDE: Saving the Last Lions of Africa

The so-called civilized people? They had no excuse. They hunted for what they called ‘trophies’, for the excitement of it, for pleasure, in fact. —Romain Gary, “The Roots of Heaven” …

THE RHINOS OF THE NAMIB

It lies on the far south western coast of Africa, a basaltic theatre of red rock carved from the skin of Gondwaland when Africa and south America were joined at …

TUNE INTO WILD WORLD EPISODE July 13 at 8 AM (Pacific)

Our Wild World Monday at 8 AM (Pacific) CLICK TO GO TO SITE July 13, 2015: “Twisted Balance Sheet,” with Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson In the brief time scale …

THE LAST POLAR BEARS

PUBLISHED: Epoch Times Online DATE: April 22, 2015 AUTHOR: Cyril Christo We first went to Churchill in Manitoba, Canada, to see its famous polar bears, whose lives were being threatened by …

The Colossus of Existence: Why the Elephant Is Invaluable

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us, universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated …

A World Without Gorillas

PUBLISHED IN THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, AMAGANSETT DATE: February 9, 2015 AUTHOR: Cyril Christo To the Editor: A few years before our son, Lysander, was born, we walked across the …

THE TIPPING POINT

Published in The East Hampton Star The Tipping Point Amagansett October 6, 2014 To the Editor: What have we learned after the climate march? Half of all nonhuman life, its …

The Bones of Extinction at the Ivory Crush

Published on Izilwane, Author: Lysander Christo Today, the problem is poaching. It is estimated that one elephant dies every 15 minutes. We lose thousands of elephants to poaching every year, …

AN EMPATHY REVOLUTION

East Hampton Star Amagansett August 23, 2014 TO THE EDITOR: For a transitory enchanted moment, man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an …

SONG OF THE EARTH

East Hampton Star Amagansett August 15, 2014 TO THE EDITOR: An alarm call needs to be sounded, but not one that blasts the ears of whales to the point of …

ON BORROWED TIME

East Hampton Star Amagansett August 6, 2014 TO THE EDITOR: This summer, after witnessing transcendent incantations at Lalibela’s churches in Ethiopia, we went to witness the great tuskers in Kenya. …

ONE TUSK

Our breakfast in Tsavo (Tsavo is where the world’s largest elephant Satao was from and where he was killed by poachers only a short while ago) along the Galdessa River …

TRAVELING WITH LYSANDER – SUMMER 2014

One of the blessings that Cyril and I give thanks for is our ability to travel and do our shoots accompanied by Lysander, our son. He’s been with us in …

BABY ELIE BLISS!

As many of you know, we three are in Africa. This is Lysander in Tsavo where Lysander (above photo) found rock amusements in the deep sienna earth. Barely managed to …

THE DEATH OF SATAO

For Immediate Release June 16, 2014 AMERICAN CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHERS CHRISTO & WILKINSON MOURN DEATH OF SATAO, CALL FOR INCREASED PROTECTION FOR ENDANGERED ELEPHANTS Cyril Christo:  Blatant Killing of One of …

GIANTS ON MY MIND | The global march to save the African Elephant

PUBLISHED IN OPINIONS/MY VIEW, SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN - 9/8/2013 Several years ago, my wife, Marie, and I began to mourn the tragic dismembering of elephant society across Africa. We ...

AMONG NECESSARY GIANTS: Why we can’t afford to lose the elephant

ARTICLE IN THE ECOLOGIST – July 27, 2011 Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson, authors of Walking Thunder, explain why the survival of the elephant is critical for our own future. …