by David Anderson
Focus on Africa: Wildlife, Conservation, and Man. Jackson’s African Safaris is in partnership with David Anderson who created the Focus on Africa Project and the book ‘On Safari’ featured below.
Focus on Africa launches an innovative approach to affecting an important world issue – wildlife conservation – by linking the power of the press to the images of one hundred and thirty six mostly ordinary tourists who share an interest in photography and the future of earth’s wild heritage. Countless books, many of them strikingly beautiful and containing conservation messages, have been produced on Africa and its wildlife by the superstars of wildlife photography. Frans Lanting, Lex Hes, Jonathan Scott and many others have done extraordinary work on these themes, most if not all spent months or years living among their animal subjects. The Focus on Africa group produced the images in this book while traveling around eight countries on standard one or two-week safaris. No more than a handful of the participants had professional photographic experience of any kind and only one had previously specialized in wildlife photography. In recent years, because of internal problems and negative press, and a troubled world economy, tourism to Africa has declined. Tourism in most of the eight countries visited by Focus on Africa provides a significant portion of their foreign exchange. Without the economic benefit generated by international interest in the continent’s unique wildlife, the pressure of an ever-expanding human population with its need for food and space would soon sweep the animals aside. If Africans do not see wildlife as a sustainable resource, they will see it as a nuisance and a dangerous obstruction to progress. The message Focus on Africa hopes to send is that everyone has power to play a useful part in this drama.
by David Anderson
On Safari By David Anderson. Jackson’s African Safaris is in partnership with David Anderson Safaris.
David Anderson is a safari specialist, photographer, and chairman of Focus On Planet Earth. Prior to his current career, David worked in the fields of education, manufacturing, finance and consulting.
He became captivated by Africa after a five-week trip to Kenya in 1978. Two years later, he planned and organized his first safari for a small group of friends. In 1985, he turned his hobby into a new career and formed David Anderson Safaris. Over the years, he has designed hundreds of safaris and personally escorted over eighty.
Concerned with declining tourism in Africa and the inevitable impact that this was having on endangered wildlife, David organized the Focus on Africa Project in 1993. The photographs taken during that project appear in Focus on Africa: Wildlife, Conservation, and Man . He returned to Africa in 2004, accompanied by 141 photographers to capture the images for On Safari.
David’s photography was recognized in 1995 by South African Airways, which produced a multimedia workshop for the travel industry titled Wings of Africa. He traveled throughout the United States and as far away as Australia and New Zealand , sharing his knowledge with travel agents. In addition to consulting with South African Airways, he has assisted the Kenya Tourist Board and South African Tourism Board with marketing strategies to develop responsible and sustainable ecotourism.
Working with organizations like Freedom from Hunger and Conservation International, he continues to address important conservation and humanitarian issues that impact the quality of life on our planet. David is one of the founding members of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
David, who lives in Santa Barbara , California , but whose true spiritual home is Africa , travels there frequently in search of knowledge, adventure and to practice the art of visual communication through photography.