Wildlife has always been a fascination for me, it is unfortunately today threatened by man, its excessive expansion and its conquest of unlimited resources. Being an animal advocate myself against overflows such as the use of wild animals in entertainment shows, I use my photos to raise public awareness of this scourge. Attending the extinction of an animal species in the wild by the hand of man and especially for commercial or "pharmaceutical" reasons is unacceptable. It is time for a collective awareness of endangered species to be taken and quickly before it is too late.
In my opinion, the worst thing for an animal photographer is to have taken pictures of an animal that has disappeared permanently.
Animal captivity, whether it be in a zoo or a circus, is unnatural and deplorable in terms of ethics.
The real spectacle of life is in nature and not behind bars.
I am lucky to be one of those rare privileged people who can observe and photograph these beautiful animals in the wild.
It is, in a way, my duty to bring and share my experience and my photos to people who do not have the opportunity to see them in their natural environment. But a photo is nothing, if it does not tell a story, its story. Because of my fight in the Animal Protection, I attend and militates that this wild life is preserved, not only for our future generations but simply because they have their place and their freedom within the wild countries of our planet, whether in the Savannah, the Jungle, the Desert or in our European Forests.
As we have entered the last massive extinction of wild animals, it is our duty to explain and show the reasons for this man-made slaughter. Through photography, words and long sentences are not always necessary, yet we remain the last witnesses to kill each other and the rapid disappearance of all these great wild spaces of our planet. Do not we all have more or less responsibility for these tragic events? does not our way of consumption have an impact on the disastrous result of which we are the actors? There is no small or big fight, every step is important and contributes to a better future.
Born in 1971 and with a scientific background, I chose only one way, to protect and preserve what is dear to our planet.
And as said so well "Mahatma Gandhi"
"One can judge the size of a nation by the way animals are treated there."
"True education is about getting the best out of yourself. What better book can exist
that the book of humanity? "
The future of these wild animals in their natural space seems very dark despite the efforts of NGOs and rangers struggling to preserve these emblematic animals of South-Saharan Africa. As long as the trade around certain wildlife species is also lucrative, the fight will be ridiculous in the face of the financial stakes of rhinoceros horn trafficking, elephant tusks, big cat hunting trophies, and poaching and poaching. bush meat which some tribes feed on. It is even very difficult to stop the illegal importation of many species from Africa and Asia to the customs level because the numbers are lacking and traffickers still manage to outsmart the vigilance of post-border control authorities.
The only real future for these wild animals is in the hands of the authorities of the countries on which they depend, but to date, the corruption and the financial windfall they represent, go beyond the interest of protecting these animals. However, the tourist around animal safaris represents a significant contribution for these countries and the local populations, but a vision on the short term blinds the local authorities on the stakes of the conservation in favor of easy money and quickly obtained.
2010 to 2017, President / Founder of the Association "LES FELINS".
Created in 2010 and after more than a year of collecting information, photos and diagrams, the site "Les Felins" quickly became the most important database in the world on the wild felines of our planet; translated into more than 17 languages, it quickly became the "reference" in the field.
No. 1 on Google, Bing and Yahoo, its attendance rate varied between 1,500 and 3,500 visitors per day from around the world.
The Ushuaia channel has even devoted a 30-minute program in 2017.
I spent more than an hour a day updating the sections by enriching them with documentaries, photos, articles and information, to make it as educational as possible. The financial management of all the elements that made up the site was entirely my responsibility. The goal of this association was not to set up conservation programs but to raise awareness of the problems that many wildlife species faced on their respective continents. This through documentaries, photos and articles, always in an educational action.
At the end of 2017, after a review of 7 years of existence, I became aware that the survival of these iconic felines did not depend and did not depend on the existence of a French association to save them; Because it is well in the hands of the local authorities of the countries of which they are natives that their future depend. It is the colonialism of the countries of Europe that the first massacres began, hunting trophies, poaching for cabinets of curiosities and the first zoos. In my opinion, we are in no good position to give advice on how to save endangered species when we ourselves are unable to preserve our own wildlife in France; extermination of wolves and lynxes for breeding, mass farming and hunting. Let's sweep in front of our door before placing ourselves as a lesson giver.
A noble cause can only be helped or supported by being irreproachable in ethics and self-denial.