Family Portraits

An introduction to photographs from an anonymous friend of wildlife

With patience and kindness, people can coexist with wildlife. With exceptional generosity and understanding, people can even befriend wildlife, as famously exemplified by Saint Francis of Asissi, Jane Goodall, and Roger Payne. A more anonymous exemplar has been living for the past two decades quietly in southern California’s Mojave Desert. The photographer and wildlife advocate who took these pictures has shared her backyard with generations of Bobcats, Coyotes, Badgers, Roadrunners, and other wild animals, who seem to know she is helping protect their homes, and bring their young to meet her. Some of the adult Bobcats and Coyotes in her neighborhood even use her as a babysitter, leaving their kittens or pups with her while they go off hunting! Intimate family portraits by this remarkable friend of the animals have inspired a ban on trapping of Bobcats in California and protection of key wildlife corridors. All the photos in this collection (and there are thousands more!) are of animals truly wild and free (‘wildeors’, to use the word for “self-willed beasts” that Dave Foreman excavated from Old English), who have learned that at least one human neighbor is willing to be a friend for life.

~ Rewilding Earth editors, August 2018

 

Stanley the badger

Stanley the badger

Siblings Singing

Siblings Singing

Older brother feeding one of the pups

Older brother feeding one of the pups

One year old with two of her younger siblings

One year old with two of her younger siblings

Pups

Pups

Three month old sister cleaning rattlesnake wound of her litter-sister

Three month old sister cleaning rattlesnake wound of her litter-sister

Siblings, two years apart

Siblings, two years apart

 

Rewilding

The Rewilding Institute (TRI) mission is to explore and share tactics and strategies to advance continental-scale conservation and restoration in North America and beyond. We focus on the need for large carnivores and protected wildways for their movement; and we offer a bold, scientifically credible, practically achievable, and hopeful vision for the future of wild Nature and human civilization on planet Earth.

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