About the project

White rhinoTen years ago our first book, ‘Rhinos’, was published. At that time the future for these iconic animals looked pretty good.  A decade later and the outlook for African rhinos is a lot less rosy.

We wanted to return to the subject and investigate…

Project: African Rhino is a multimedia photo-journalism project raising awareness about rhino conservation in Africa, with a particular focus on successful initiatives and scientific developments in the face of current and future threats, including the poaching crisis.

The three year project, beginning in mid-2012, will include journalistic coverage of key issues in magazines and newspapers, updates on this blog and on social media sites,  a coffee table book celebrating African rhinos, and a major photographic exhibition.

We’ll be turning a critical journalistic eye to the major issues, with a view to raising awareness of the plight of Africa’s rhinos, rather than  fund-raising – there are plenty of organisations who are already doing that.  But we will be donating profits from the book and print sales to rhino conservation.

Rhinos by Ann & Steve ToonSo who are we?

We’re a husband and wife team of wildlife photojournalists, based in the UK, but specialising in the wildlife of Southern Africa.

We’ve been journalists for more years than we care to admit (let’s just say more than a quarter of a century!).  About 15 years ago we were hopelessly smitten by the game parks of Africa, and began photographing their amazing wildlife professionally.

Our journalistic background has a strong influence on the way we photograph, and we believe the most powerful way to tell stories is through a combination of words and pictures.  Our feature articles have appeared in a wide range of magazines and newspapers, and we’ve also published three books.

We’re very fortunate to live in the heart of Northumberland national park, one of the wildest and most beautiful areas of England, but our hearts belong in Africa and we spend as much time as possible photographing and researching in the bush.  You can see more of our work by visiting our website, www.toonphoto.com.

2 Comments on “About the project”

  1. Carter and Olivia November 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Hey guys thanks for all that you are doing to help save Rhinos. We are a nonprofit founded by two elementary students back in 2009 who are trying to help save endangered species. Recently our two young founders launched a Rhino Letter Writing Campaign and we were wondering if you might consider support their efforts by sending them you own letter for their campaign. You can learn more here:


    Their goal is to collect 1,000 letters from folks all over the world and then when they have collected all the letters, to personally hand deliver the letters to President Zuma of South Africa and to show him how the whole world is begging him to get serious about stopping poaching.

    Please look this over and let us know what you think. We would also like to see if you could help us spread the word about the campaign and maybe even feature their initiative on your site.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards from the entire OMG Team 😉


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