04 Feb Rhino Relocation by Jason Florio – Dodho Magazine
‘A Movable Beast’ Rhino relocation by Jason Florio, Dodho Magazine – In a response to the dire situation that is facing rhinos in Africa, with rhino poaching at an all-time high, concerned conservationists teamed together to create Rhinos Without Borders. Rhinos Without Borders. plans to relocate 100 white rhinos from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana, where poaching is almost non-existent. Dodho Magazine.
I rode along on the first convoy operated by Rhinos Without Borders from Free State, South Africa to the Okavango Delta – a 1500km journey with 15 rhinos – this was the largest transportation of rhinos ever attempted. The rhinos were owned by a Free State farmer whose farm had come under attack by poachers on a number of occasions. He decided that it was safer for his family and the rhinos to have them relocated by Rhinos Without Borders to Botswana… Jason Florio, photographer/Filmmaker.
See the full feature in Dodho Magazine. The story was originally commissioned and published, June 2018, by Smithsonian Magazine.
Jason Florio’s stunning fine art photography prints
Available to purchase from the Helen Jones-Florio Gallery site: ‘Makasutu’ – award-winning black and white portraits from West Africa – and, ‘World Glance‘ a glimpse of Florio’s from around the world.
Jason Florio, originally from London, based from NYC for 18 years before relocating to The Gambia, West Africa, in 2013. He has produced images and documentaries for clients including The New York Times, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Men’s, Journal, Outside, Bloomberg, Geographical, MIT Technology Review, PepsiCo, Amnesty International
His focus has been towards under-reported stories about people living on the margins of society and human rights. His work has been recognised with a number of awards, including The Magnum Photography Award 2017 for his work on migration. He was the first recipient of the Aperture Foundation grant to produce Aperture’s first ever assigned story, ‘This is Libya’. His work is held in a number of public and private collections and has been presented in solo and joint exhibitions in USA, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Florio completed the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia by foot, co-leading with his wife Helen Jones-Florio – a 930km expedition, producing an award-winning series of portraits titled ‘Silafando’.
Three years later he co-led, with Helen, the first recorded expedition of River Gambia from its source in Guinea-Conakry to the Atlantic Ocean, in The Gambia – creating a document of the communities that live along its 1130km course before a planned dam is constructed.
For his photography based expedition projects, he was made a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society.
Florio currently bases between the UK and West Africa. Follow him on Instagram – @jasonflorio / @floriotravels – for regular photo updates about what he is up to and where he is at in the world.
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