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Photographer and film maker launches 'Power the Rangers' appeal to support endangered wildlfe

PUBLISHED: 13:47 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:34 12 March 2019

Photographer and film maker Chris Taylor pictured with the Maasai Mara rangers he worked with on a trip to Kenya. Photo: KNUT WOERNER

Photographer and film maker Chris Taylor pictured with the Maasai Mara rangers he worked with on a trip to Kenya. Photo: KNUT WOERNER

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A Norfolk film-maker and photographer has launched an appeal to raise cash for Kenyan rangers working to support wildlife under threat from poachers after a life-changing experience in the country.

Hyenas photographed by Chris Taylor, who has launched an appeal to buy equipment for rangers working to support Maasai Mara wildlife.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORHyenas photographed by Chris Taylor, who has launched an appeal to buy equipment for rangers working to support Maasai Mara wildlife. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

After Chris Taylor, whose ‘bread and butter’ jobs include wedding shoots and portraits, was commissioned by non-profit company Biosphere Expeditions to film and photograph conservation work being carried out at the Maasi Mara National Reserve, in Kenya, he was contacted by a swimming holiday company also keen to make use of his talents.

“They had seen a post on Facebook about my trip and ended up asking me to go out to the Maldives to take promotional photographs and do underwater filming,” Mr Taylor explained.

A giraffe photographed by Chris Taylor, who has launched an appeal to buy equipment for rangers working to support Maasai Mara wildlife.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA giraffe photographed by Chris Taylor, who has launched an appeal to buy equipment for rangers working to support Maasai Mara wildlife. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

“These were both on my bucket list as trips of a lifetime, so to have that experience in the name of work was just incredible.”

After spending a week living aboard a dive boat filming manta rays, nurse sharks and octopuses in the Maldives, he took off on an 11-hour flight to Nairobi, where he was taken along one of the world’s most dangerous roads to the Maasi Mara reserve.

Sunset on the Maasi Mara reserve, Kenya.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORSunset on the Maasi Mara reserve, Kenya. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

He spent the following fortnight filming and photographing the work of a team of local rangers charged with protecting the area’s wildlife and ecosystem with the support of the community-led Enonkishu Conservancy, also helping log animal sightings.

“It was just amazing,” Mr Taylor said. “The knowledge and passion these guys have for what they do is incredible and to see zebras fighting, wildebeest grunting at us, a family of 12 giraffes and even the occasional leopard was almost like a dream.”

A lion cub photographed by Chris Taylor, who has launched an appeal to buy equipment for rangers working to support Maasai Mara wildlife.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA lion cub photographed by Chris Taylor, who has launched an appeal to buy equipment for rangers working to support Maasai Mara wildlife. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

Sheringham-born Mr Taylor, who studied marine biology at university and spent time working in America and Australia before training as a professional photographer 15 years ago, said his trip had given him a “different perspective on life”.

“Although we all enjoy David Attenborough’s programmes on African wildlife, few realise what a fine balance the Maasai Mara hangs in,” he said. “Kenya has lost 70pc of its wildlife in the last 30 years and, through their education and protection, the rangers can prevent the needless deaths of more of these beautiful creatures.”

A lioness and her cubs, photographed in Kenya by Chris Taylor.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA lioness and her cubs, photographed in Kenya by Chris Taylor. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

Appeal will help protect animals and rangers’ safety

A lioness and her cub, photographed in Kenya by Chris Taylor.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA lioness and her cub, photographed in Kenya by Chris Taylor. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

Inspired by the Enonkishu rangers’ devotion to their cause, Mr Taylor has launched a ‘Power the Rangers’ crowd funding appeal to raise funds for binoculars, torches, a GPS unit and other equipment, which he plans to take out to Kenya later this year.

A lion cub photographed in Kenya by Chris Taylor. Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA lion cub photographed in Kenya by Chris Taylor. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

He is also planning to have a flag printed with sponsors’ names and logos, which he will photograph the rangers holding.

His appeal has already raised more than £800 and Mr Taylor, who has been a Sheringham lifeboat crew member for nearly 20 years, is hoping local people will help him reach his £3,000 target.

Wildlife snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORWildlife snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

“It would be fantastic if we could make a difference and help these amazing men protect some of the earth’s most beautiful animals from the human dangers they face,” he said. “They face daily dangers like charging buffalo, so this equipment may also help their safety.”

To support Mr Taylor’s efforts, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/power-the-rangers

A lioness snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA lioness snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

A lioness snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA lioness snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

A hippo comes up for air.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA hippo comes up for air. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

A family of zebras snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA family of zebras snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

A pair of inquisitive giraffes caught on camera by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORA pair of inquisitive giraffes caught on camera by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

Zebras snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORZebras snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

An elephant snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORAn elephant snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor on a work trip to Kenya Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

Maasi Mara tribesmen photographed by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORMaasi Mara tribesmen photographed by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

Sealife snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor in the Maldives.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORSealife snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor in the Maldives. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

Sealife snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor in the Maldives.
Photo: CHRIS TAYLORSealife snapped by Norfolk photographer Chris Taylor in the Maldives. Photo: CHRIS TAYLOR

Sheringham-based photographer Chris Taylor.Sheringham-based photographer Chris Taylor.

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