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Title: Static Dynamism
Location: Erindi, Namibia, 2019
Sometimes it feels like we‘re spinning the wheels furiously, but getting nowhere. That is what I mean by Static Dynamism. Dynamism, by definition, is the quality of vigorous activity and progress. Static, well, that means not. No change. Lacking movement. Neither forward nor backward. Being still. And a realistic picture of conservation around the world is exactly that. We undo what progress we make, only to remain in the same position as we were before. Or worse.
This is particularly relevant for the African Wild Dog. The species is in grave danger, due to Static Dynamism. There are countless people, organizations, and projects out there in the world doing something. Spinning the wheels, raising money, saving animals, protecting nature. But all too often this something is just making up for a silent loss. Restoring what we continue to destroy.
Once roaming the continent in numbers greater than 500k, there’s now less than 7000 in existence and the species is fighting an uphill battle to maintain populations stifled by drastic habitat loss, poaching, and viral diseases.
Despite enormous efforts, it’s a constant struggle. Specialized wildlife corridors and nature reserves such as Erindi and others provide a much-needed refuge for the dogs to live, breed, and bolster their numbers. Working with the conservation team at Erindi I’ve seen firsthand the countless adversities faced by these dogs.
The main problem for the African Wild Dog is that every success seems to be met with a setback. A pack gives birth to a big litter of pups in one region, which is offset by the loss of an entire pack in another part of the continent due to disease from domesticated dogs. Hence the sensation of all the effort and little or no progress. And it's actually balanced in a delicate equilibrium at the moment. Although the situation does seem quite grim, with the world closing in on their habitats, I‘m optimistic for the African Wild Dog.
A few years ago most people seemed to just think they were Hyena. Maybe you saw this portrait and thought the same? If you did, that‘s okay. Because now that you know it‘s not, this is a step in the right direction. And I believe wholeheartedly in the African Proverb, little by little a little becomes a lot. And just by knowing this is not a Hyena, but an African Wild Dog is surely a little enough to add up. So, if you do purchase this print, hang it in your home. and tell everyone what it is. Why it matters. And why they should care. And little by little we can help break the cycle of Static Dynamism for this species.
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