About Sean Messham

While taking photographs in the Cederberg, neck deep in water with a modest film camera, Sean Messham opened the shutter that he wanted to focus his energy towards environmental journalism. For more of Sean Messham’s images visit his Facebook Page, Sean Messham Photography.
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Two days in the Serengeti

When you visit the Serengeti, you don’t only view lions, leopards or thousands upon thousands of wildebeest and other game. But you observe an African wilderness that is far beyond the comprehension of one’s imagination.

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If it Stays it Pays: The Real Commercial Value of the Big Five

The phrase ‘if it pays, it stays’ has frustrated me for years. I can recall countless ‘debates’ with people about the pros and cons of hunting the Big Five and the role it plays in South African conservation.My emotional pleas, citing moral responsibility to nature and our duty to future generations, were shot down and …

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Mountain Gorilla, Uganda

Gorilla populations on the rise in Bwindi, Uganda!

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) population in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) has increased to an estimated 400 individuals, according to the recent released results of a three-week census carried out by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA) in September and October 2011. This is an increase from the 2002 and 2006 censuses, which …

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Elephant Ivory – the deadly new currency in China

The demand for elephant ivory in China is growing as wealthy Chinese citizens begin to see the ‘white gold’ as a private and business investment option. This coincides with a rise in poaching that is, arguably, as high as those in the 1980s, before ivory trade was banned. Grace Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for IFAW, …

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