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The Photodestination team of Peter Chadwick and Arne Purves are proud supporters of the ARKive project and have been making submissions since 2005. We encourage others to contribute to this worthwhile effort. Through the showcasing of powerful images of our natural assets we can further encourage support for conservation and for protecting our fragile Earth!


Promoting the Conservation of the World's Threatened Species, Through the Power of Wildlife Imagery

With species extinction now occurring at a faster rate than at any time in Earth's history, effective awareness raising and education programmes are ever more vital. Powerful wildlife imagery is an emotive and effective means of building environmental awareness and engagement, and quick and easy access to this imagery is essential in the digital mass communications society we live in today.

PIC 20061206 bladder cricketPIC 20060907 gladiolus bullatusHowever, until now, this valuable imagery has been scattered throughout the world, in a wide variety of private, commercial and specialist collections, with no centralised collection, restricted public access, limited educational use, and no co-ordinated strategy for its long term preservation.

ARKive is now putting that right, gathering together the very best films and photographs of the world's species into one centralised digital library, to create a unique audio-visual record of life on Earth, prioritising those species at most risk of extinction. Preserved and maintained for future generations, ARKive is making this key resource accessible to all, from scientists and conservationists to the general public and school children, via its award-winning website -


PIC 20070218 red stumpnoseThe ARKive project has unique access to the very best of the world's wildlife films and photographs, with more than 3,500 of the world's leading filmmakers and photographers actively contributing to the project, and giving ARKive unprecedented access to their materials. Contributors include the most famous names in natural history broadcasting, commercial film and picture agencies, leading academic institutions and international conservation organisations, as well as myriad individual filmmakers, photographers, scientists and conservationists.


PIC 20070421 raucous toadARKive also has the backing of the world's leading conservation organisations, including BirdLife International, Conservation International, IUCN, UNEP-WCMC, and WWF, as well as leading academic and research institutions, such as the Natural History Museum, London; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the Smithsonian Institution. ARKive's web-based materials reciprocally link with and highlight the work of these organisations and others, helping promote their activities to ARKive's wide civil-society user base.

ARKive is also pleased to be working with Google to produce ARKive featured layers on Google Earth, and is a member of the Institutional Council of the Encyclopedia of Life, and a key content provider.

Goals and objectives

ARKive has achieved significant success since its launch in 2003, with numerous awards and accolades, fantastic visitor rates from all round the world and an impressive line-up of international partners and strategic alliances. ARKive's priority is now the completion of audio-visual profiles for the c. 17,000 species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

PIC 20070710 cape vulture with ruffled feathersARKive's Most Wanted

ARKive’s core objective is to create a comprehensive audio-visual record of the world’s rare and threatened species.

The ARKive team have searched for images for all 19,000+ species that are listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, but many are still eluding us.

We know their names, we know where they live, but in many cases we don’t yet have a photo of them, let alone a film clip.

ARKive needs you!

PIC 20080105 bontebok ram in dominance walkIt's an enormous challenge, and many species may never have been filmed or photographed, but we are still busy trying to track down the people that have access to the rare multimedia material that does exist, in order for us to put faces to all the names on our Most Wanted species list.

If you can help us to locate any images for any of the species in our Most Wanted list, please do get in touch. The list is extensive, so if you would prefer a tailored list of species to fit your area of expertise, please do contact the ARKive research team.

If you don’t have any images for any of our Most Wanted species, but would still like to help the ARKive project, find out about other ways that you may be able to help by visiting our Get Involved page.


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"A vast treasury of wildlife images has been steadily accumulating over the past century, yet no one has known its full extent - or indeed its gaps - and no one has had a comprehensive way of gaining access to it. ARKive will put that right, and it will be an invaluable tool for all concerned with the well-being of the natural world."

Sir David Attenborough

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Peter Chadwick
Author: Peter ChadwickWebsite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.