The world of wild animals by Andrey Gudkov

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Face to Face with the Nature. Andrey Gudkov photo project

Face to Face with the Nature. Andrey Gudkov photo project

Supported by the State Darwin Museum and WWF.
Geography of works, continents of our plants shot during last 5 years. South America (Ecuador and Galapagos Islands), Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Congo, Zambia, ZImbabwe, South Africa, Zair, Central African Republic), Russia (Far East, Southern Primorye), Indonesia (Java, Sumatera, Sulawesi, Borneo and New Guinea).
Unique photos of exotic, rare and endangered animals and birds which inhabit hard-to-reach corners of our planes, all of them are impressed in natural environment in the world famous national parks. Project started in Moscow in April 2007 at Moscow International Photo Forum-2007, and spread to May 2007 to Republic of Congo's capital Brazzaville. In the nearest future photo works will be shown in other African capitals (Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo). African part of the project is supported by Russian Embassy and Russia Cultural Centre in the Republic of Congo, and Russian Embassy in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Galapagos iguanid. Hidden life of the colony

Galapagos iguanid. Hidden life of the colony

Galapagos Islands are one of few places in the world where animals and humans while being close to each other do not intrude upon each other. When I was planning my trip to the Galapagos archipelago, I looked through many photo albums where flora and fauna of this unique place was presented. And amongst all I earmarked one — the iguanid. Perhaps, Galapagos is exactly the place where they are represented so numerously. Two species of iguanid, these strange and mysterious animals, inhabit there: sea and terrestrial.



The lost species

The lost species

This resembling a human being monkey is almost not known to public at large though it is them who are the closest human’s relatives nowadays. Their inhabitation on the nature is limited by the central part of Congo Democratic Republic. However there remain almost none of them in the wild nature. Claudine Andre, the founder and director of the national park “Lola ya Bonobo” in Congo Democratic Republic (Zaire), says her park is, perhaps, the only place on the Earth where one can watch a Bonobo (Pan paniscus) – rare and vanishing species of resembling a human being monkey in surroundings highest possibly close to a natural one.


Wild Zambia. Photo safari — the plain truth

Wild Zambia. Photo safari — the plain truth

Africa. The continent full of mysteries and secrets. World of amazing animals. And, of course, safari. When mentioned, this concept causes bright associations at any man, such as high-class vacation, as in a movie live exotic passing outside Jeep's or minibus' window; animals which you have got used to see only in a zoo and here they promenade freely, do not paying any attention on cars with tourists; elephants herd drowsily dragging to drinking place in the rays of arising sun, jumping antelopes, giraffes, lions, hippopotamuses, graceful hunting leopards. And the big migration+ Oh! Stop! This spectacle is so superb that its scale impresses not only experienced tourists, but also old salted professionals. And then, after safari, in front of chimney, you discuss the things seen taking a bottle of “Sherry” with other adventures-hunters just like you. And then+ Stop! All these are not for you. Because we will talk not about simple tourists, but about people to whom safari is a job. We will talk about professional photographers at safari, or advanced fans that try to become professionals. We will have a look on safari from another side, which is not that attractive as many straights imagine. We will take a look on safari via photo camera image finder. Professional photo camera.

THE COUNTRY OF PINK HAZES

The tempted travelers and judges of Africa should undoubtedly visit Zambia. The territory of the country is stretched from Tanganyika Lake up to Kaprivi strip in Namibia. It borders in the north on Democratic Republic Congo, in northeast -on Tanzania, in the east - on Malawi, in the southeast - on Mozambique, in the south - on Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia, in the southwest - on Namibia and Botswana, in the West - on Angola. Victoria Falls, great Zambezi, Kariba Lake - a place of extreme fishing, which waters simply teem with crocodiles, a wood of fossils Churundu with numerous prints of 150 million years old trees and subjects of the Stone Age, and also a copy of a Neanderthal man's skull, which estimated age is more than 100 thousand years. But the true pearl of Zambia is by right its national parks. Our trip is to the national park Kafue - the oldest park of Zambia, which territory is comparable to Wales.

Gentle monsters of impenetrable forest

Gentle monsters of impenetrable forest

Life of these animals has always been shrouded by set of legends, surprising and at times improbable histories and the gossips, which remind scripts from films of horrors. Till now many tribes constantly living in impassable jungle of the African tropical forest, feel the genuine fear involved on Mumbo Jumbo while talking about them. However remains not more that 600 of them all around the world, they are included in the international Red Book, protected by WWF and also by uncountable set of the international nature protection organizations. They are east mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beribgei) the largest anthropoids of today existing.
 
 

Mangrove paradize for chimpanzee

Mangrove paradize for chimpanzee

Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes) is, perhaps, the most known kind of humanoid primates out of nowadays living. It is object for numerous medical, biological, physiological experiences, other various scientific experiences. Chimpanzees are perfectly trained and in general, have kept set of similarities to human's behavior. And this is understandable; in fact, the chimpanzee is the closest human's relative among animals. Scientists have learned that DNAs of human being and chimpanzee are similar for more than 95%, and the remaining 5% determines all our differences with them. In the wild nature chimpanzees live in forests and savannas of Equatorial Africa. They are brought into the international Red Book and protected by the international nature protection organizations. As of today they are the most numerous of anthropoids living in the wild nature. However their number steadily decreases in the nature every year. They become an object of poaching capture with the purpose of selling and further keeping in captivity. But the main problem of quantity reduction is a destruction of their natural environment tropical forests. The national park Conkouati-Douli which is in Congo Republic in 180 km from Puent Nuara, at Gabon border, is one of few places where chimpanzee feel safe in a wild environment.

Jumbo, Kenya!

Jumbo, Kenya!

“Kids, never do you go for a walk to Africa. Sharks, gorillas, big angry crocodiles wait you in Africa!”1. Indeed, there are sharks, and gorillas, and crocodiles there, and also elephants, giraffes, hippopotamuses, lions, zebras, ostriches and rhinoceroses. But I can not agree with the first part of the citation. Africa deserves a visit, at least a one. It is absolutely another world, the world which will open to you sensation of primeval genesis, some unreality of events going on around, the world where poor poverty of population and brilliant luxury of nature are closely bound. In Africa you will open for yourselves multifarious world of nationalities and tribes, with their original, a bit wild, frightening, but still such magnetic and fascinating culture, absolutely not similar to European one, understandable for us. Some people will suddenly discover for themselves that giraffes and rhinoceroses live not in zoos only. That at supper in national park, not only tourists can make a company to you, but also a pair of nimble monkeys who are up to pull down some meal from your plate. You will be surprised that "sausages" tree grows in savanna and for sure you will wake up at midnight because a dozen of zebras has come straight to your window to grass a bit. In fact Africa is exactly like this.

Primorie Pearl

Primorie Pearl

FORBIDDEN PRIMORIE

It has always been difficult to get on Gamov peninsula. Remoteness from the main routes, impassability, border proximity and presence of secret military units has made it one of the most closed areas of Southern Primorie Territory. Almost 30 years ago the part of this territory was a part of a unique sea reserve in Russia which protects coast, island and adjoining water area.

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN

He was laconic, serious and as it seemed to me, overmuch severe. “Aye”, — I thought, "people of this kind do not contact willingly, and I will have to drag information by ticks. hat was my first impression of acquaintance to Vadim Pererva — chief security officer of the Far Easter State Sea Reserve. Yet in Vladivostok, director of FESSR warned, that if I would manage to get him to talk, I would dig out information for not a single article. Indeed Pererva has been in reserve for four years. Each poacher knows him there. If he goes to patrol, than it is done. Easy all. Yet in Moscow in editors’ office of the magazine, while discussing the future trip to the reserve, we tried to designate frameworks of the future story. Many questions arose: how to show work of inspectors, whether we will be lucky with the weather? And certainly we did not assume that we would have to participate directly in detention of poachers. But reporter’s fate was favourable.

Little ghosts of big forest

Little ghosts of big forest

There remain less than 200 thousand of them on the planet. Precise figure is not known to anyone. They do not have passports and permanent addresses. It's hard to find them within endless green sea of tropical forest. Small groups of these people maintain roving life, do not know borders and move around boundless and impassable forests of equatorial Africa from Cameron, Gabon and Congo on the west till border of Congo Democratic Republic, Uganda and Burundi on the east. Forest is their home and environment. Forest gives them shelter, food and protection. They orientate perfectly in the forest and feel safe. Civilization has not practically changed their way of life. They divide people on “big white” and “big black”, being the shortest people on the planet. Their life mode remains a secret for us, inconceivable and exciting, mysterious, frightening and inaccessible, firmly hidden from strangers' eyes under rank and gloomy shelter of tropical forest.

Travel to the stone age

Travel to the stone age

A small plane turns for a few minutes in narrow gorges between mountaintops covered by a dense wood. It stirs mercilessly, it shudders, taking up the next wind impulse, and unexpectedly it appears above a small valley clamped by mountain ridges from all sides. Suddenly somewhere below, among tropical vegetation, a runway appears, constructed by the Dutchs yet in the middle of the last century. Jolting stops and everyone in interior has a sigh of relief. In a few more minutes the plane taxis up to an airport building standing all by itself, the hatch opens and hot and dam air beats to a face. We have flied from Djayapura in Jamena — the small town lost among mountain jungle in the very center of the Indonesian New Guinea.

Rome of the East

Rome of the East

Samarkand. Ancient, as the world, city of the East fanned by set of legends, histories and the hearings, impregnated by exotic and traditional east colour. “Radiant point of the globe”, “the Face of the Earth”, "Rome of the East ", — that is how the city was called in an antiquity. Namely Samarkand was once the capital of the ancient and powerful state Maverannahr, where the conqueror of the Ancient East Amir Timur known for his cruelty (“Iron Lame”) reigned, more known in the West as Tamerlane, whose tomb is in the same place, in Samarkand. Four hours flight up to Samarkand have passed under an impression of the books read about the Ancient East, fairy tales “Thousand and one night” and an anticipation of near oriental exotic.



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