If we can save the giant pandas, we can save all species, including humans themselves.
The man who photographed the giant panda
This is not the first time that crooked nuts have been planted in China.
Foreigners who eat all over the world threaten to eat all over China in a year, but as a result, they have not gone out of Sichuan for five years...
And this American female photographer, born and dead in the war-torn area, was not afraid, originally wanted to shoot through the giant pandas for three months, but it took three years to go out of Sichuan...
Her name is Ami Vitale, born in the United States in 1971, she did not have any lofty ideals at first, and like almost all young people, she liked to write, take photos, and travel.
In the last decade of the 20th century, Ami completed his master's degree at the University of Miami, interned at a small local newspaper, and later became an editor of the Associated Press (the equivalent of China's Xinhua News Agency) with excellent performance.
Surprisingly, at the age of 27, she chose to resign from this iron rice bowl.
Caused by the outbreak of the Kosovo War in 1999, Ami was so shocked by the real war that she decided to resign and travel to Eastern Europe, recording the truth in a hail of bullets, and starting a decade of crossing the line of fire, climbing trenches, and traveling through hundreds of countries.
In 2003, she photographed religious conflicts in the Indian state of Angelat, where cities were devastated by terrorist attacks, and the Oscar of photography, the Hosai Journalism Awards, presented the award to this witness.
In 2005, she filmed the India-Pakistan conflict in Kashmir and won the Dutch Journalism Award again.
And the 2017 Hesai Award favored her, but the protagonist in the photo turned into a cute giant panda.
"Shooting pandas is as hard as filming war!"
This female war reporter and a photographer contracted by National Geographic, who has been on the battlefield for ten years, was actually stumped in the southwest corner of China.
The panda looks cute, lazy and slow, what's so difficult to shoot?
But what Ami wants to photograph is not the pandas in captivity in the zoo, but the wild giant pandas in the reserve.
Like the staff, she had to wear a curious panda costume so that the pandas would not find humans here.
What's even more frightening is that the costumes must be coated with panda urine and feces, because they rely on their sense of smell to identify objects.
After the equipment was in place, Ami immediately realized what it was to call a division, and squatted in the reserve for a few days, but he didn't even see a single panda hair.
In fact, giant pandas are extremely shy animals, don't look at their size, 200-pound body is very flexible and free to come and go without a trace.
After exploring for a few days, Ami changes tactics and looks for panda tracks on the treetops, and sure enough, Rolling loves to hang himself on tall trees.
Ami is like having overcome a puzzle, and it is extremely rewarding. After mastering the technique, she became fascinated with the giant panda, and it took three years at a time, and slowly, there was a story in her photos.
Once, she tracked down a pair of panda mother and son, and filmed for several days without satisfying the angle and composition.
Unexpectedly, the panda mother, the moment she saw her, raised her child, signaled to her, and then turned around and took the baby away.
This moment moved Ami, who began to believe that humans and animals are inextricably linked.
There is also this photo, in order to photograph the giant panda disguised as a tree, standing next to her is the famous "father of the panda" Zhang Hemin.
In 1983, because of the blossoming of arrows and bamboos, wild pandas across the country ran out of food.
Zhang Hemin, a 22-year-old senior student in the biology department of Sichuan University, took the initiative to apply to work in the Wolong Nature Reserve, where heavy rain and mudslides made it isolated from the world, unable to eat decent meals in the wilderness, sleepy and broken, sick and myrrh, and only 6 of the more than 100 college students who came with him survived to the end.
Zhang Hemin is one of them, who traveled to the United States to study nature conservation technology, but refused a green card, bent on saving China's giant pandas.
He used "free love" and "loving breeding" to solve the problem of difficult breeding of pandas, and also tried his best to eliminate public opinion and insist on "rewilding and release".
Releasing a national treasure may allow a national treasure to be killed by other beasts, but without release, he will never be able to rebuild the wild population, and even if he takes risks, he must resist the pressure.
It was these people who opened up a new era of captive giant pandas in China, and after 30 years of hard work, the giant panda changed from endangered to "vulnerable", so that the world could see China's greatness.
At the same time, we firmly believe that humans can really save endangered wildlife.
These distant and deep stories are condensed in a small photograph of Ami for posterity.
In fact, China has never been the first, let alone the last.
In order to protect the country with wild animals, Ami's photo album shows that the transition from war to nature begins with a photograph of a North African white rhino.
Unfortunately, it was also the last male North African white rhino sultan on Earth, which Ami photographed for 9 years.
At first, it was a Czech friend who told her the message: the Czech zoo was going to fly the last four North African white rhinos from Earth back to Africa as a last-ditch attempt to save the species.
Kenya's O. Pejeta Reserve has made great efforts to protect them. They sent 40 armed forces to guard the rhinos in 24-hour shifts.
To prevent poaching, doctors also removed their horns.
Why did humans drive white rhinos to extinction, and still need them to remove their own organs to escape disaster?
In a hurry, there is no alternative.
Even if you strictly guard against death, you can't resist aging after all. On March 19, 2018, Sudan was euthanized, it was too old.
Ami, who had been photographing it for 9 years, came to see the Sultan for the last time.
She saw the keepers hugging the sultan's body tightly, and the rest of the staff had been crying for days, they didn't want to accept it, and witnessed the extinction of a species.
They really tried a thousand times over, but they couldn't save this species from going extinct...
The years of poachers' evil practices and the deteriorating environment make this inevitable.
In another photo taken at the Lewa Nature Conservation Society in northern Kenya, staff at the reserve found a female rhinoceros shot dead by poachers, and they immediately launched a rescue operation, eventually saving only three black rhino cubs.
Even if that's exciting, even locals rarely see endangered black rhinos, and breeder Yosef sleeps with baby rhinos to protect them.
We live in a bustling urban area, and it may be hard to imagine that 3 creatures are going extinct every hour on this earth.
We think that these unreachable creatures, survival or destruction, have nothing to do with us, but we do not know that nature has calculated everything long ago, and one day, disaster will be directed at human beings themselves.
Ami used photos to tell the world that since humans can save giant pandas, it means that humans have the ability to save other endangered species in the world, including humans themselves.
To make protecting the environment common sense, we must start with loving the world.
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