Globally, animals are being traded, hunted, poached,consumed and exploited to the point of extinction. This is their story, as told through the lens and eyes of Aaron Gekoski, an internationally acclaimed environmental photojournalist, who documents human-animal conflict in the most inhospitable places on Earth.
ANIMOSITY is a collection of powerful photographs and absorbing tales from the frontline of conservation: from Cambodia’s dog-drowning dungeons and West Africa’s voodoo markets, to cruel Wildlife Tourism Attractions and the shadowy world of the exotic pet trade.
Conflict, conservation, and the battle to coexist: ANIMOSITY is the story of our generation, our legacy.
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Having sold his modelling agency months earlier, Aaron witnesses the decimation of shark populations in Mozambique and takes us on his journey to produce Shiver, a documentary which changed public perceptions of sharks.
We head deep into the dark heart of the wildlife tourism industry, and learn about the murky underworld of animal entertainment: from travelling circuses to elephant rides.
In Tokyo, Aaron spotlights the growing craze of ‘otter cafes’ and visits pet otter owners in Japan and Indonesia, highlighting the unsuitability of otters as pets.
Taking us to Cambodia, we investigate the dark underworld of the dog meat trade, where rabid dogs are drowned in horror-story ‘drowning pits’ in order to satiate the growing appetite for dog meat.
On Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, we go undercover to expose the country’s annual seal cull, where thousands of cubs are clubbed to death. Whilst the Namibia government sees the cull as necessary to preserve fish stocks and create employment, animal rights activists see it as an act of barbarism.
Investigating the python pet trade, Aaron travels from exotic pet expos in the US to snake temples in Benin to create the documentary ‘Suffering in Silence’.