A Wildlife Photographer has increased £81,000 in only 24 hours after launching a Kickstarter campaign.
Marsel van Oosten, as well as other photographers including current Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner Margot Raggett, have published a book for charity to raise awareness about the dangers lions face.
“Remembering Lions” is the fourth book in a series of photographs by Ms. Raggett, which has already raised half a million pounds for conservation projects in Africa and Asia.
The book contains stunningly candid photographs of lions in their natural environment in African savannahs.
Along with Margot Raggett and Marsel van Oosten are photographers Steve Winter, Art Wolfe, and Frans Lanting, who have donated photographs to raise awareness and funding to protect lions.
There are about 20,000 lions that remain in the wild today, and their numbers have been decreased by half in less than a quarter of a century.
They are threatened by many problems, including ivory and bone poaching, hunting, habitat loss, as well as human-wildlife conflict.
Lions were once found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. They are now limited to sub-Saharan Africa and a tiny region in northern India.
Past fans of the Remembering Wildlife series include Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joanna Lumley, and Russell Crowe.
Margot Raggett said. ‘So much of our wildlife is disappearing under our very noses; our generation has so much to answer for.
‘These books are a way for the wildlife community to say take a stand and say enough is enough.’
Visit Kickstarter to contribute to the cause or pre-order a copy of Remembering Lions.