'It's just an animal'
Medicine, cosmetics, food, luxury goods, fashion, entertainment, aquariums, interior design, pets… the international markets for wildlife and wildlife products are insatiable, and the illegal trade in rare and endangered species is thriving. Mark's reportage captures the ignorance, apathy, corruption and cruelty that sustain this multi-billion-dollar industry. 'The hardest challenge conservation bodies face', he says, 'is the widespread "its only an animal" mindset that so many people have'.
Nikon D2x + 17-35mm f2.8 lens; 1/50 sec at f3.2; ISO 400.