Paul Hilton

Conservation photojournalist with a focus on the manta and shark fin trade, palm oil & wildlife crimes. #SaveLeuserEcosystem #RacingExtinction

https://www.gofundme.com/Leuser-epu

771 posts 62,297 followers 947 following

Change of plans, the elephant tagging in the Leuser Ecosystem has been postponed until early December as the Indonesian government have the final say. So in the meantime we are heading to Timor Leste to document dugongs for @conservationorg. It's always refreshing to get back in the big blue. More on the dugongs in the coming day. Let's hope we don't meet any large crocodiles on the dugong trail 😊 @radhika_rao_photography thank you for your ongoing support #dugongs #seagrass #coralreef #timorleste #timor_leste

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Preparing to head out, into the Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra, Indonesia to track and collar two individual elephants in two different herds to start to understand this critically endangered species. JOIN & SHARE the movement!https://www.lovetheleuser.org @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack .
Help us directly with a contribution to our Forest & Elephant patrols! Link in bio :)
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The illegal sea turtle trade is on the rise again, from turtle shell jewellery, musical instruments and taxidermies. Keep an eye out for the @wildaid campaign to combat this shocking trade. I hope one day we'll all just appreciate the beauty that is all around us everyday, seeing these species alive and thriving is only going to compliment our journey. "Open your eyes" #seaturtle #wildlifetrade #coralreef #RacingExtinction

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Check this out it's pretty special, this population occurs just south of the Leuser Ecosystem #Repost @socp.official
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[BREAKING NEWS]

NEW SPECIES OF ORANGUTAN - Pongo tapanuliensis !! A team of Indonesian and international scientists (including some of the SOCP's own) have described a new species of orangutan, in a paper published on November 2nd in the scientific journal Current Biology:

http://www.cell.com/current-…/fulltext/S0960-9822(17)31245-9

The SOCP has been working nearly 15 years to improve protection of the orangutans residing in the Batang Toru Ecosystem, which are now know to be distinct from the Bornean (Pongo pygmaeus) and Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), and are therefore a separate species, the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis). Read more about Batang Toru and the new species at www.batangtoru.org and www.sumatranorangutan.org!

PS : Many thanks as well to @NadyaHutagalung, Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP-UNEP) Ambassador and native of Tapanuli, North Sumatra, for providing the narration for the video !! #SaveOrangutan #OrangutanTapanuli #NewSpecies #GreatApes #HutanTapanuli #BaatangToru #NorthSumatera #SOCP #YEL #PanEco

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A coral reef in the Komodo national park, at sunrise. I'm so privileged to have these kind of opportunities to document such beauty. The world is still such an amazing place, never forget that. @greenpeace #noshsrkfinsoup #coral #coralreef

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Boom, whales 🐳 being chased by Orcas #Conservation #emptythetanks

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In the blue with the blues! Now back in Bali waiting for the dates to get back up to the Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra, Indonesia to tag and collars two different herds of elephants 🐘 to start to get some real science around their population, migration routes and so much more. JOIN & SHARE the movement!https://www.lovetheleuser.org @wildlifeasia
Help us directly with a contribution to our Forest & Elephant patrols! Link in bio :)
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#Repost @racingextinction
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With #Halloween just a few days away, please try to avoid buying from companies that use conflict palm oil in their candy! By making a conscious choice to avoid these snacks, you could be helping save the #Leuser ecosystem, one of the Earth’s #biodiversity hotspots and the last place on Earth where endangered Sumatran elephants 🐘 , tigers πŸ…, orangutans, and rhinos 🦏 all coexist. This habitat is facing severe deforestation due to the palm oil industry and the animals are greatly suffering as a result. So please ask yourself, is a snack food really worth losing these species and this unique place? ・・・
πŸ“Έ: @paulhiltonphoto #CutConflictPalmOil #lovetheleuser #RacingExtinction #StartWith1Thing #Conservation

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"Sharks" I don't expect you to love them, but I expect you understand that they are vital for the health of the worlds ocean and the planet we call home. On assignment for @thewcs Sam Murray on the Dij. @thewcs @wildaid @leonardodicaprio @wildlifeasia @racingextinction #sharks #wildlifetrade #noshsrkfinsoup

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One of the best days I've had in the water for a long time, spending time with blue sharks. Photo: Paul Hilton for WildAid @wildaid @racingextinction @pewenvironment @wildaidhk @Greenpeace #sharks #noshsrkfinsoup #shark

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Hi guys if you could get behind this book project 'Photographers Against Wildlife Crime' images from the worlds best conservation photo journalists. What I'm really excited about is their will be a Chinese version as well. Please visit the link in my bio to contribute and make the effort to buy the book itself. I can only leave this link up for a couple of days as we still have our elephant campaign going. For a better tomorrow. Many thanks πŸ™ cover shoot by Mr Adrian Steirn @adriansteirn

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Happy hornbill. The Leuser Ecosystem is a biodiversity hotspot with exotic birds like this rhinoceros hornbill. How can we allow it to be destroyed for palm oil expansion. JOIN & SHARE the movement!https://www.lovetheleuser.org @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack .
Help us directly with a contribution to our Forest & Elephant patrols! Link in bio :)
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I never give these guys any attention, I almost take them for granted. These monkeys are the subjects that fill all the test labs around the world to test all the weird and wonderful stuff we take for granted. Without Macaques the world would be a very different place. Over 70,000 primates were used for research in the USA alone in one year in 2010. Those numbers have dropped somewhat, I'd hate to put to much thought into this. But it's happening, it's real. We are all part of it. Think about how you spend your money, on what products, do your research, be conscious consumers. It's start with us. Photo: Macaque, Leuser Ecosystem

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A juvenile Wagler's Pit Viper pictured deep under the forest canopy, Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra, Indonesia. So many people say to me "I don't like snakes" that's fine, but we need them for so many functions. If a snake is seen in close proximity to a community or village, 9 times out 10 it's killed in Indonesia. Then people complain about rat problems. I wonder why?
#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid #racingextinction #beforetheflood #sumatra #ran #ldf #conservation #biodiversity #cutconflictpalmoil #ActOnClimate #climatechange #conservationphotography #environment #climatejustice #orangutan #elephant #extinction #lovetheleuser #nature #green #earth #sustainability #art #wildlife #plants #climatechange #animals#cutconflictpalmoil #wildaid #racingextinction #rainforestactionnetwork #lovetheleuser

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Colourful lantern flies, pictured in the beautiful Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra, Indonesia. The Leuser Ecosystem is the last place on Earth where rhinos, tigers, orangutans and elephants still run wild. The last strong hold for some of Indonesia's iconic species. Help us save one of the last great wildness areas in Asia. JOIN & SHARE the movement!https://www.lovetheleuser.org @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack .
Help us directly with a contribution to our Forest & Elephant patrols! Link in bio :)
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I take my hat off to Brent Stirton @brentstirton this image is so powerful and sad at the same time. Thank you Brent for showing the insanity of how we are treating our fellow earthlings. #bethechange #Repost @nhm_wpy. We can turn the tide, together, it's not to late. ・・・
β€˜To make such a tragic scene almost majestic in its sculptural power deserves the highest award.’ - #WPY53 Judge Roz Kidman Cox.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 is @brentstirton.

Brent won the prestigious grand title for his compelling image Memorial to a species, which frames a recently shot and dehorned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. The jury selected Brent’s image as the most memorable and striking from almost 50,000 entries.

Brent’s picture highlights the urgent need for humanity to protect our planet and the species we share it with. Once the most numerous rhino species, black rhinos are now critically endangered because of poaching and the illegal international trade in rhino horn, one of the world’s most corrupt illegal wildlife networks.

See Brent's image and discover the full story in the new exhibition opening on Fri 20 Oct at the @natural_history_museum , London. Visit the link in our bio for tickets.

#WildlifePhotographerOfTheYear #WPY#NaturePhotography #Wildlife #Nature#WildlifePhotography #Photography #Exhibition #NatGeo #PhotoOfTheDay #NaturalHistoryMuseum #Rhino #BlackRhino #WildlifeCrime #BrentStirton #SouthAfrica #GrandTtitleWinner #poaching #Criticallyendangered #NatGeo #wildlifeIssues #Photojournalism #Conservation

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This image came in yesterday, I just couldn't share it on my birthday. Two critically endangered Sumatran elephants 🐘 were killed by a high voltage fence, that surrounded a community plantation in the Leuser Ecosystem. Our Ranger patrol will be investigating the case, to understand how we can prevent this from happening again. Now to prepare everything for tagging the elephants in November. #lovetheleuser JOIN & SHARE the movement!https://www.lovetheleuser.org @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack .
Help us directly with a contribution to our Forest & Elephant patrols! Link in bio :)
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Happy elephants 🐘Preparing to leave LA, collars packed. Thank you for all your ongoing support @istandwithmypack, we made some great new contacts, new friends, we raised some much needed money for our elephant project. Now to prepare everything for tagging the elephants in November. #lovetheleuser JOIN & SHARE the movement!https://www.lovetheleuser.org @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack .
Help us directly with a contribution to our Forest & Elephant patrols! Link in bio :)
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#Repost @wildlifeasia
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Yes that is our logo on the red carpet. Working it 😜#fortheelephants #lovetheleuser @paulhiltonphoto @istandwithmypack @theanimalbabe

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#Repost @wildlifeasia
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Here we go! Ready to rock it! We scrub up alright for a couple of treehuggers 😜🌲🐘#savingspecies #lovetheleuser #racingextinction #lastplaceonearth @paulhiltonphoto

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#Repost @wildlifeasia
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This is the face of fear.
A victim of human greed and consumerism, displaced by our endless destruction of his habitat.
Tigers have a place on our planet and it is not behind bars.
Can you help us to protect critical tiger habitat?
We are working in two of the most important regions in Asia for tigers - the Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia and Karen State, Myanmar.
You can join us in the fight to save tigers from extinction. Photo courtesy of @paulhiltonphoto @internationaltigerproject #savingspecies #saveleuserecosystem #lovetheleuser #racingextinction #wildlifephotography #kwci #KarenWildlife
#tigers #gotigers

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I dedicate this day to Agum, a little Sumatran elephant that died of depression, his mother was poisoned on a palm oil plantation. He was another forest refugee, caught up in the destructive practices of the human race. Insanity and greed are everywhere, but together we can turn this tide of destruction around, for this little fella, I stand today with @istandwithmypack and @wildlifeasia. Spare a thought not just for humanity but for all these sentient being that share this space and time with us. For a better tomorrow. Step up @pepsico @unileverusa @nestle extinction is forever. - JOIN & SHARE the movement!https://www.lovetheleuser.org @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack .
Help us directly with a contribution to our Forest & Elephant patrols! Link in bio :)
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#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid #racingextinction #beforetheflood #sumatra #ran #ldf #conservation #biodiversity #cutconflictpalmoil #ActOnClimate #climatechange #conservationphotography #environment #climatejustice #orangutan #elephant #extinction #lovetheleuser #nature #green #earth #sustainability #art #wildlife #plants #climatechange #animals#cutconflictpalmoil #wildaid #racingextinction #rainforestactionnetwork #lovetheleuser

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Shout out to friends in LA! I am here for the week with Clare Campbell from @wildlifeasia Asia to talk about the crisis facing Leuser s elephants. We desperately need more support to collar elephants and expand the operations of the Elephant Protection Units. @leonardodicaprio @leonardo_dicaprio_foundation photo: @keimiyamotophoto
Can you help us? Do you know someone who may be able to support this work?
We are free to meet for a coffee and a chat so please reach out to us while we are in sunny California. @istandwithmypack @the_lokefoundation
Together we can save the elephants πŸ˜πŸ‘Help us directly with a contribution to our Forest & Elephant patrols! Link in bio :)
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#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid #racingextinction #beforetheflood #sumatra #ran #ldf #conservation #biodiversity #cutconflictpalmoil #ActOnClimate #climatechange #conservationphotography #environment #climatejustice #orangutan #elephant #extinction #lovetheleuser #nature #green #earth #sustainability #art #wildlife #plants #climatechange #animals#cutconflictpalmoil #wildaid #racingextinction #rainforestactionnetwork #lovetheleuser

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Love the Leuser time! Come on guys can you get behind this, I'm going to be in LA for a few days. It would be great to meet share ideas, brainstorm about elephants and the environment. Raise funds and have a good time. I'm looking forward to it. Fir more information go to @istandwithmypack #lovetheleuser #cutconflictpalmoil #forgottenelephants

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Making contact. I wouldn't normally post an image like this, but it really shows that sharks 🦈 aren't the killers that they are portrayed to be. After over a decade of covering the shark fin trade, this was a very healing moment for me and it reinforced my commitment to the species. Now back to Indonesia, then LA, to raise money for Sumatran elephants. @racingextinction #conflictpalmoil #blueshark #sharks #nosharkfinsoup @wildaid @wildaidhk

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Such a special day swimming with blue sharks 🦈 off the coast of the Azores, Portugal. But it's a crying shame that these stunning animals could be extinct within 5 years, if the currant fishing practices don't change. @racingextinction @wildaid @oceanicpreservationsociety @pewenvironment @wildaidhk #blueshark #sharks #noshsrkfinsoup

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Leaving Spain, feeling frustrated with the amount of blue sharks that are being landed everyday. #shark fin trade in Hong Kong is fuelling the carnage and now many people in Spain are consuming blue shark, every single day, mostly oblivious to this. Next stop Lisbon, then out on the Atlantic, Azores for some free diving with some blues. @racingextinction @wildaid @thewcs @pewenvironment @oceanicpreservationsociety @shawnheinrichs @seashepherd @jim_abernethy #noshsrkfinsoup #sharks

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In the last few years we have tragically witnessed a rapid decline in Sumatran elephants. Hunted for ivory and poisoned, as a direct result of human wildlife conflict, there has never been a more important time to ACT.

Do you want to live in a world without elephants? πŸ˜₯

You can support our Elephant Patrol Teams in Leuser. We need your help to employ more rangers and to urgently fit collars to a member of each herd. Link in my bio @istandwithmypack edited by my @tristanhero @blackjaguarwhitetiger @tunkalai @planetexperts
@wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack @rainforestactionnetwork @racingextinction #saveleuserecosystem #lovetheleuser #cutconflictpalmoil #racingextinction @leonardodicaprio @leonardodicapriofdn @haka_sumatra @socp.official

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These images were taken on a previous assignment in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique, on a Spanish longliner, the drying fins on a rooftop in Hong Kong during the filming of @racingextinction. I'd thought I'd seen and heard it all, but today I've just heard that the Spanish longlining fleets takes anywhere from 2 to 5 million sharks per year. I'm still trying to confirm these numbers.. How can the oceans keep producing these numbers, we must be close to that tipping point. God help us. @shawnheinrichs @pewenvironment @wildaid @jim_abernethy @wildaidhk @thewcs #noshsrkfinsoup #sharks #sharktourism

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