“If we do not do something to prevent it, Africa's animalS and the places in which they live will be lost to our world forever.”

— Nelson Mandela

To see so many animals gathered together in one place is to witness a miracle of nature. To be able to photograph these animals in their natural habitat is a rare privilege — increasingly so, in these wounded times.

The classic image of nature, whether it's the glint of light in a lion's eye or the tense, coiled spring of an antelope deciding whether to fight or flee, is as much a question of luck and timing as it is technique and skill. Stumbling across a living creature in the wild, whether or not it's in the open, requires a keen eye, patience and good fortune.

“To see ten thousand animals untamed and not branded with the symbols of human commerce,” the pioneer adventurer Beryl Markham once wrote, “is like scaling an unconquered mountain for the first time, or finding a forest without roads or footpaths, or the blemish of an axe. You know then what you had always been told, that the world once lived and grew without adding machines and newsprint and brick-walled streets and the tyranny of clocks.”