MODEL ANNA SELEZNEVA SHARES THE SPOTLIGHT WITH NOMA HAN IN ‘SACRED TRIBES OF MONT CERVIN’. FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER GIAMPAOLO SGURA CAPTURES THE ALPS-LOVING SNOW BUNNIES STYLED IN TRIBAL-INFLUENCES FURS AND COLD-WEATHER FASHION BY ANNA DELLO RUSSO AND MIGUEL ARNAU FOR VOGUE JAPAN NOVEMBER 2015./ MAKEUP BY JESSICA NEDZA; HAIR BY PAOLO SOFFIATI
Model Natalia S fronts a tribal-inspired fashion story called ‘Diary Of A Wild Child’ styled by Tara Ziegfeld. Photographer Alexandre Felix shoots Natalia against a clever and original artistic backdrop by Charlotte Mollett for Schon! Magazine.
Today, August 10, is World Lion Day, an august moment made more poignant by recent death of Zimbabwe’s Cecil, shot with a bow and arrow by trophy hunter Minneapolis dentist Walter Palmer, who paid about $50,000 to hunt in Zimbabwe — although not to lure Cecil out of a protected area by dragging meat on a vehicle to get his attention.
Cecil’s death lead to a global uproar around tropy hunting and the reality that of the 200-225,000 lions alive in 1975, only about 25-35,000 are left. About 600 of these majestic creatures are killed for ‘sport’ each year, with tropy hunters making the argument that they are contributing to big game conservation with their dollars paid for rights to hunt big game. In reality, vastly larger sums of money are poured into African economies by safari tourists wanting to see the big game alive in their natural habitat.
Cecil was a 13-year-old male Southwest African lion, part of an ecological study in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park since 2008. “The initiative was developed by researchers at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and is one of several conservation projects managed by the university’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU),” writes Discovery.
Six days ago David McDonald, head of Oxford’s WCR announced the donations were pouring in to the amount of $780,000 plus a $100,000 matching grant from American philanthropists Tom and Daphne Kaplan.
Americans Are Majority of Foreign Hunters of Big Game
Americans comprise the bulk of non-African hunters, writes the New York Times, with about 15,000 American tourists coming to Africa annually on hunting safaris, as estimated by Conservation Force, a lead organization promoting managed big game hunting.
11 African nations currently allow lion-hunting including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Central African Republic.
In Kenya, a special focus of AOC and GlamTribale, the country continues to lose about 100 lions per year, with a population of just 2,000. Although trophy hunting is not permitted, disease, loss of habitat and conflicts with livestock all contribute to the decline.
Cecil the Lion Update
Breaking news reports say that one of Cecil’s eight cubs has been killed by another male lion. Reports just published in the UK say:
“Lions practice infanticide – the male looking to take over and mate with the three lionesses would have crushed the cub’s skull as he looked to stake his claim.
Lupita Nyong’o Interview with Larry Madowo
Oscar-winning actor and global beauty ambassador for L’Oreal Lupita Nyong’o returned to Kenya this week as the first Kenyan ever to win an Oscar. The African beauty just wrapped up filming her latest movie ‘Queen of Katwe’ in South Africa and will debut in ‘Star Wars’ later this year. Lupita engages here in a delightful, reflective interview with Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo.
AOC loved Lupita before she won an Oscar. But to open an email from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where we support orphan elephants, and read that the stellar woman Lupita was there — as evidenced in this magnificent photo — brought tears to our eyes.
In addition to joining WildAid on behalf of elephants, Lupita will be promoting women’s causes, acting and the arts in her native Kenya. She also visited Amboseli National Park and filmed public service messages for international distribution in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Thailand and the United States.
She also met with Kenya-based African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants who partner on these projects, as well as representatives of Wildlife Direct, and Ol Pejeta and Lewa Conservancies — all groups active in combating poaching in Kenya.
Lupita Nyong’o: WildAid Global Ambassador for Elephants