Kenya May/June 2017

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I have recently returned from a very productive visit to Kenya.  I spent time in the Masai Mara, and Samburu, somewhere I had not visited for many years.  In Samburu, located in central Kenya, it is possible to see a number of animals not seen further south.  These include the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, the Gunther’s dik-dik, the Somali ostrich and the geranuk. The geranuk is an amazing antelope capable of standing erect on it’s hind legs to feed on bushes otherwise out of reach. You will see a picture of one doing this in the full gallery, which you can view by clicking on the image below.

I spent four days following a leopard known as Siri, who had lost her cub, after being chased away by lions.  Each morning and evening she returned to one of two trees and called plaintively for her cub.  Since I left and returned to the UK, I was delighted to hear that her cub had indeed retuned after five days missing.  A very happy ending. Below is a short video of Siri calling from a tree one evening. It was filmed from my phone so the sound and picture quality is not great, do put your volume up to maximum. You will at least be able to get a sense of the wonderful experience.  For those of you with a strong constitution there is another video of a family of lions trying to eat their kill, while fighting off 24 hyenas, that was an incredible spectacle.  Also below is an image, of Siri, silhouetted in the tree at sunset, click on that image to go to a full gallery. Some of these images will be included in my upcoming 10th Anniversary Exhibition at gallery@oxo next month, along with others from the past 10 years. I hope to see you then.

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Roger Hooper, Leopard Kenya

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Kenya – January 2017

My latest trip to Kenya was a hot and very dusty one. The dry season is at its brutal peak and with diminishing water supplies the rivers have stopped running and the watering holes are rapidly turning into a crocodiles delight as the visitor numbers increase. But as always in the Mara, life goes on.

Click on the lion cub for a gallery of images…

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Remembering Rhinos

I have been invited to be part of an extremely worthy project, Remembering Rhinos.

Remembering Rhinos will be a beautiful coffee table book, created with the aim of raising funds to fight rhino poaching and protect this endangered species.Rhino book
The Kickstarter campaign for this project, Remembering Rhinos, went live today. I would love you all to check it out at www.rememberingrhinos.com/kickstarter and consider giving us your support. Along with many of the world’s top wildlife photographers, I am delighted to have been invited to contribute images to this important project, the follow up to Remembering Elephants. Kickstarter will hopefully pay for the print run, with all subsequent sales of the book going to anti-poaching initiatives via the Born Free Foundation, #rememberingrhinos

Another of our HAT stars graduates.

A message from Paul Kirui, our Hoopers Africa Trust Kenya Chairman with the good news of another of our students graduating.

“Please share my joy in witnessing the graduation of another star in the Hoopers family.

Mercy Netaiya graduated today from Kabianga university. This is definitely an addition of value to our charity.

Here below are the few photos I took. I also presented her with our HAT graduates’ medal.”
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Kenya November 2016

I have recently returned from a fantastic trip to Kenya, where I spent time in Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Olare Motorogi Conservancy.  I was fortunate enough to get some good views of Kilimanjaro with fresh snowfall – always a spectacular experience when you are down on the lake bed with temperatures in the high thirties. Some elephants were kind enough to position themselves in front of the mountain, which gave me some great opportunities to capture those classic images that only Amboseli and Kilimanjaro can offer.

At Lakes Naivasha and Nakuru, I viewed great birdlife, and a rare crash of five white rhinos.

I had wonderful leopard sightings in the Masai Mara, including Lorian’s two-year old female cub sitting in a nice tree, Kaboso and her female cub, who is approximately one-year old, and Bahati’s male cub, who is about eighteen months old.  Lorain herself is pictured stretching on the front of my book Art in the Wild.

In Olare Motorogi Conservancy, I spent a few days with my friend Paul Goldstein, at his excellent Kicheche Bush Camp. There I photographed the leopard Tito with her two four months old cubs.

It was good to spend time with my friend and guide Paul Kirui, who is also Chairman of my Charity Hoopers Africa Trust in Kenya. Congratulations to Paul on winning The 2016 Eco Tourism Kenya, Safari Guide of the year, which was much deserved.

Here are a few images from the trip, which I hope you will enjoy. Please click on the link below for a larger selection of images.

Kenya November 2016 Gallery

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Kenya November 2016 Gallery

Return to the gallery@oxo July 2016

I am pleased to announce that I am returning to the gallery@oxo for my 10th show in 9 years.

In this 2016 instalment, you can see a selection of wildlife photographs from around the world, through which I aim to show the frailty of the world around us. This is especially poignant for me after visiting the last three Northern White Rhino on the planet in March of this year, and how awful it would be for us to lose any of our many endangered species.

If you are not currently on my mailing list or have not yet received an invitation and would like to attend the private viewing, please email me at info@rogerhooper.co.uk for an invite.

All profits from sales at this exhibition will be shared between WWF and Hoopers Africa Trust, a charity providing education to disadvantaged girls in Kenya.

gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

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Dates: 29 July – 21 August
Opening Times: 11.00am – 6.00pm

Admission: Free

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D-Contemporary Gallery update.

Thank you to all who attended my exhibition at D-Contmeporary, mine was only the second show that they have hosted, I have to say that the gallery and staff are fantastic and it was an absolute pleasure to have been there. Below are a few pictures of the installation prior to opening. Now the exhibition has finished, it is time to focus on my next show to be announced shortly.

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New exhibition at D-Contemporary Gallery, Mayfair, London.

Opening in May, I have a new exhibition at D-Contemporary Gallery, 23 Grafton Street, London, W1S 4EY

The exhibition is open from Monday 16th May to Friday 27th May 2016
The gallery is open daily from 12:00 -18.00

Please note that the gallery will be closed on Sunday 22nd May

All profits from sales will go to my charity Hoopers Arica Trust.

If you are not currently on my mailing list and wish to be updated of forthcoming exhibitions, please email me at info@rogerhooper.co.uk

Below are a selection of images from the exhibition, to view all the images I will be showing please click on the following link. D-Contemporary May 2016

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Mt Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro & the Masai Mara – March 2016

On the 24th February, whilst at a “Save the Rhinos” fund raising dinner in London, I was fortunate to meet Richard Vigne, CEO of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to the last three surviving Northern White Rhinos on the planet. On the verge of being hunted to extinction, these three Rhinos; two females and one male, now live at Ol Pejeta Conservancy where they have 24 hour armed security, and a dedicated staff who care for all their needs.

With a trip to the Masai Mara planned for March, it presented an excellent opportunity to visit Ol Pejeta and catch up with Richard, see the fantastic work they are doing in their conservancy and to meet and photograph; what could very sadly be the last of these magnificent creatures.

I was honoured to be able to get up close to the Rhinos and get some amazing shots, what a truly magnificent and worthwhile project these people are running, it is so sad that the only male left (Sudan, 43) is now past breeding age. There is a glimmer of hope, with the help of San Diego Zoo scientists who are exploring alternatives (such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer) to develop northern white rhino embryos and implant them in female Southern white rhinos at the San Diego Zoo. Only time now will tell us if this species can be saved.

15 minutes from the Rhino residence and still part of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the Sweetwater Chimpanzee sanctuary that I have previously visited. The chimpanzees’ natural home range spans from Senegal on the West African coast, through the central forested belt of Africa, to Uganda. They are not native to Kenya, but when a rescue centre in Burundi had to be closed due to the civil war outbreak in 1993 – Ol Pejeta opened its doors.

The Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established with an agreement between the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Jane Goodall Institute. The aim – to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa.

I spent some beautiful days around Mount Kenya in the Amboseli National Park with my good friend and guide Paul Kirui, we saw Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Zebra, Giraffe and impala amongst others. It is a extremely wildlife-rich environment with the most stunning of backdrops (If low clouds will allow you to see it).

Of the Wild Dogs that we encountered, one particular pack that caught our attention consisted of a large family made up of 4 adult males, 4 adult females and 11 pups. Wild Dog packs are ruled by a female Matriarch and this packs leader and another boisterous female have radio collars for the rangers to track their movements and to monitor the pack. It is thought that the younger females behaviour is an early indicator of desires to break off to start her own pack and become an alpha female.

Below are a few images from this trip, I hope you enjoy them.

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