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

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This is my first post for the year. I wanted to say that even though there is much negativity about the state of our beautiful planet, this image is a reminder of how much is still left to fight for, we have to keep it positive and everyone has there part to play, whether it’s changing our diet, avoiding plastic where ever possible, picking up rubbish, consuming less, writing letters, demanding sustainable palm oil with a no deforestation policy. The list goes on. Go outside and look around, the world 🌍 is an amazing place to be. The planet deserves our respect, now more than ever before. There is no better place to be right now! Photo: Paul Hilton for Conservation International @conservationorg @rainforestactionnetwork @wildaid @racingextinction @haka_sumatra @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack @the_lokefoundation @admcf @bluespherefoundation @thewcs @socp.official @orangutaninformationcentre @palmoilinvestigations #cutconflictpalmoil #loveleuser #oceanoptimism #oneplanet #loveplanet #nosharkfinsoup #banbearbilefarming #savepangolins #racingextinction #mantamagic

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My daughter, Siri enjoying elephants in Nepal. This images brings home to me just how important it is for all of use to cherish the biodiversity of our amazing planet. I’d also like to thank you all for the ongoing support for the elephants of the Leuser Ecosystem and may 2018 be a huge breakthrough for the conservation of the amazing forest elephants 🐘. Wishing you all a very Happy and healthy New Year. @racingextinction @sabaghilton @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack
#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid forgottenelephants #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 #forestelephants

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My daughter, Saba enjoying elephants in Nepal. This images brings home to me just how important it is for all of use to cherish the biodiversity of our amazing planet. I’d also like to thank you all for the ongoing support for the elephants of the Leuser Ecosystem and may 2018 be a huge breakthrough for the conservation of the amazing forest elephants 🐘. Wishing you all a very Happy and healthy New Year. @racingextinction @sabaghilton @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack
#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid forgottenelephants #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 #forestelephants

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Happy field staff @tiger_tops. I’m loving this open top Land Rover, it’s perfect for safari and photography. To learn more about this pioneering elephant facility please follow @tiger_tops #tigertops #ethicaltourism #sustainabletourism #tigertopselephantcamp #ethicaltravel #luxurylodge #camping #glamping #racingextinction

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On safari in Nepal, Chitwan National Park, @tiger_tops elephants, rhinos, tigers, vultures, crocodiles and more. Tiger Tops are the only ethical elephant outlet in Nepal, where the elephants are chain-free and not ridden by tourists. To learn more about this pioneering elephant facility please follow @tiger_tops #tigertops #ethicaltourism #sustainabletourism #tigertopselephantcamp #ethicaltravel #luxurylodge #camping #glamping #racingextinction

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Happy family, Chitwan National Park, Nepal. @tiger_tops Tiger Tops are the only ethical elephant outlet in Nepal, where the elephants are chain-free and not ridden by tourists. More to come from our family holiday. Be sure to follow @tiger_tops @radhika_rao_photography @sabaghilton @earth_warrior_muzza @molly.birchmore @wildlifeasia to learn more about this pioneering elephant facility. #tigertops #ethicalelephant #ethicalelephants

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Happy days, rhinos 🦏 in Chitwan National Park @tiger_tops. The park has over 520 greater one horn rhino and 125 Bengal tigers, sloth bears and more. Tiger Tops are the only ethical elephant outlet in Nepal, where the elephants are chain-free and not ridden by tourists. More to come from our family holiday. Be sure to follow @tiger_tops @radhika_rao_photography @sabaghilton @racingextinction @earth_warrior_muzza @molly.birchmore @wildlifeasia to learn more about this pioneering elephant facility. #tigertops #ethicalelephant #ethicalelephants

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Christmas day acton, @tiger_tops vultures devour a cow that had died the night before, Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Tiger Tops are the only ethical elephant outlet in Nepal, where the elephants are chain-free and not ridden by tourists. More to come from our family holiday. Be sure to follow @tiger_tops @radhika_rao_photography @sabaghilton @earth_warrior_muzza @molly.birchmore @wildlifeasia to learn more about this pioneering elephant facility. #tigertops #ethicalelephant #ethicalelephants

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Merry Christmas from @tiger_tops mahouts stand proud with their elephants on the banks on Narayani river in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Tiger Tops are the only ethical elephant outlet in Nepal, where the elephants are chain-free and not ridden by tourists. More to come from our family holiday. Be sure to follow @tiger_tops @radhika_rao_photography @sabaghilton @earth_warrior_muzza @molly.birchmore @wildlifeasia to learn more about this pioneering elephant facility. #tigertops #ethicalelephant #ethicalelephants

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We’re in Nepal! We’re spending our family Christmas at @tiger_tops Tiger Tops Elephant Camp in Chitwan National Park. This morning we were introduced to their herd of 11 elephants who all live in spacious chain free corrals. Tiger Tops are the only ethical elephant outlet in Nepal, where the elephants are chain-free and not ridden by tourists. Guests, like us, get to walk alongside the elephants in the jungle, learn the daily routine of the mahouts and the elephants and get to observe their interactions in the jungle and their herd mates. Yesterday out on an elephant walk my daughters got to witness an Indian one horned rhino at close quarters along side the elephants.
More to come from out holiday. Be sure to follow @tiger_tops @radhika_rao_photography @sabaghilton @earth_warrior_muzza @molly.birchmore @wildlifeasia to learn more about this pioneering elephant facility. #tigertops #ethicalelephant #ethicalelephants

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Update: Notes from the field. Did I just say rhino 🦏 instead of elephant 🐘? The forest elephants of the Leuser Ecosystem are one of the last populations of forest elephants that hold both native ranges and their social systems in the way they have existed since before people inhabited the islands.

This project is directed at channeling funds to the simple step of determining how the elephants live so we can plan on how to best protect them. Home ranges, territory overlaps between families and herd viability are all top of the list. We need to devote more energy to training and demonstrating how to do this in January. We finish the elephant-collaring program and line the rangers up to better manage their elephants. More importantly we give them the data analysis tools that we’ve learnt in Central Africa so they don’t have to start from scratch.

This is a rare opportunity to help an even more rare elephant species get the foundation they need to survive in this ecosystem.

The interactive nature of forest elephants means they influence the daily habits of hundreds of species throughout the forests they live in. From full canopy trees to amphibians on the floor, all are directly benefiting from the pretense we set here. Protecting the ecosystem’s flow and interactions is as important as protecting the land it sits on. Without those interactions the land simply stops harboring these species.

This is one of the greatest projects of our generation as it pertains to elephants and we have the opportunity to set the Precedent. Link in my bio, make a donation for Christmas 🎄🐘 @wildlifeasia @paintedgroup @istandwithmypack @haka_sumatra @racingextinction @sabaghilton
#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid forgottenelephants #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 #forestelephants

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Intense eyes! Every few seconds this critically endangered Sumatra elephant would have a good look at me and then move her head to place a leaf over her eye to hide, then she’d move back out to have another look, she was as old as the trees, blending in to her surroundings so well, Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra, Indonesia. Help us protect these elephants, so little is know about these elusive forest dwellers and how they interact with the system. Link in my bio, make a donation for Christmas 🎄🐘 @wildlifeasia @paintedgroup @istandwithmypack @haka_sumatra @racingextinction @sabaghilton
#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid forgottenelephants #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 #forestelephants

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A critically endangered Sumatra elephant feeds on plants in the Leuser Ecosystem. Elephants are a keystone species. Other animals, plants and entire ecosystems rely on them for survival. As do the elephants, so do the trees.

Elephants are known as the 'constant gardeners’ -- plants and trees rely on elephants to disperse their seeds far and wide through their dung. Elephants' large footprints act as water collectors for smaller animals.
Elephants share the same emotions and cognitive behavior as humans. They grieve for their lost loved ones, they feel fear, joy and empathy and are highly praised for their intelligence. Please make a donation, this project can’t more forward without your funding. Link in my bio @wildlifeasia @paintedgroup @istandwithmypack @haka_sumatra @racingextinction @sabaghilton
#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid forgottenelephants #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 #forestelephants

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Help us keep the last wild elephants wild! After catching up with a wild herd of Sumatran elephants in the Leuser Ecosystem, I can’t explain in words how important this project is. The GPS collars will have to wait until January after several training clinics, working alongside local partners and government. It’s going to be so exciting to work out their migration routes and population. To finally start to understand these elusive forest elephants and to finally put some real conservation measures into place. Please make a donation, this project can’t more forward without your funding. Link in my bio @wildlifeasia @paintedgroup @istandwithmypack @haka_sumatra @racingextinction @sabaghilton
#saveleuserecosystem #wildlifeasia #wildaid forgottenelephants #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 #foresteleohants

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#Repost @racingextinction
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It's been 2 years since the premiere of #RacingExtinction in which 36 MILLION people tuned in from 220 countries and territories across the globe. We will be providing numerous updates on Lamakera - the manta hunting village featured prominently in the film - over the next few days. Here are some initial thoughts from @shawnheinrichs: “The story of Lamakera the manta hunting village featured prominently in Racing Extinction​, and for me, turning the tide of destruction in that village has been one of the most personal and hard-fought pursuits in all my conservation career. I remember the day I stepped foot in that village with @paulhiltonphoto, gasping as they drove a rusty spearhead into the back of panicked fleeing manta, and then feeling my soul blacken as 15 more Oceanic mantas were butchered on the beach in a single day. On that day I swore we would not stop until this senseless destruction was stopped,. Now two years following the anniversary of the release of Racing Extinction, I am so inspired to share the incredible progress we have made in that village in such short period of time, turning the tide on 400 years of mega-fauna hunting tradition and a decade & a half of commercial exploitation, in just a few short years. And the numbers speak for themselves: - 97% decrease in mantas hunted from 2015-2017
- 48 Fishermen stopped hunting mantas & joined our Sustainable Fisheries Collective
- 5 business units developed to provide alternative employment
- 30+ members in 5 villages have joined our team of Community Rangers & Marine Stewards
I remember our rallying cry when we started in Lamakera, ‘if we can drive change in a place as challenging as Lamakera, we can accomplish anything’. That change is happening now and the future for the entire region looks brighter.“ *continued below*

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Conservation Response Units move through the forest of the Leuser Ecosystem, the last place on earth where tigers, rhinos, orangutans and elephants still run wild. Over the next month we’ll be using CRU elephants to track and assist with the tagging of two individual elephants from two different herds within the Leuser Ecosystem. I know many people are opposed to captive elephants but right now these elephants have a role to play in the conservation of their own species, it’s not ideal but that’s the way it is on the ground. This project is one of the best examples of taking viability studies, field skills and elephant management from multiple continents and compiling them to help each other. The Pre-collaring process has three parts- going over gear, planning and rehearsals. Step one and two are completed thanks to your help. On Monday we will run a training with a full rehearsal to get the team moving and thinking together. Thankful to be a part of this moment in the management of this beautiful species. Please see the link in my bio for donations as this is a long turn project and is going to take time and we can’t do it without your help. It’s up to all of us to take responsibility for the last great herds of Sumatra elephants. “ Be the change” @wildlifeasia @haka_sumatra @istandwithmypack @paintedgroup
#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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Crazy days my friends. Trying to get out of Bali, so we can finally get the collars on our elephant friends in The Leuser Ecosystem, Sumatra. This beautiful image shows Mount Agung heating up before a potently huge eruption taken by my daredevil wife @radhika_rao_photography. @wildlifeasia @istandwithmypack Fingers crossed the airport will open. #agung #mtagung #saveleuserecosystem #cutconflictpalmoil #forgottenelephants

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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 🐅, 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? ・・・
📸: @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 🙏 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 .
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