Grassland Respite, Maasai Mara, Kenya, 2010

The Plains Zebra is one of Africa's most adaptable grazers, a nomadic, non-territorial animal inhabiting savannah habitats like the expansive Masai Mara of Kenya. Since setting eyes on my first zebra in the wild in 2009 I have spent many hours observing and documenting them in Tanzania and Kenya, drawn to their impossibly photogenic markings.

Zebras tend to spend the bulk of their daylight hours grazing, interspersed by brief resting periods. On this hot day in the Masai Mara of Kenya, as I was exploring the vast landscape for signs of life, I homed in on a small group of zebras huddled under a tree, chins resting on each others backs. I approached cautiously, as I have found zebras to be skittish, but the zebras remained huddled, obliging my request to capture an image that depicted the boldness of their markings set against the vibrancy of their surroundings under a late morning sun.

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya
Photograph Date: 2010
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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About the Photographer

Robin Moore

Robin Moore is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, author and conservationist. His photographs regularly appear on the pages of National Geographic Magazine, the Economist, Newsweek and Esquire.

Moore developed an interest in nature at a young age while out exploring his home country of Scotland. His interests grew as he began to travel abroad, instilling a desire to protect the places he visited and the creatures that live there.

Since earning his PhD in Biodiversity Conservation, Moore has been a powerful voice in the fight to protect animals and nature. Moore turned to photography in order to tell the stories of his explorations, educating a broader audience. “My passion for wildlife and wild places inspires my photography and motivates me to use my images in any way I can to advance their protection.”

In 2010, Moore’s photography and storytelling came together as he led the "Search for Lost Frogs" campaign. Moore created a "Top 10 Most Wanted" list, inspiring a journey across 21 countries, with 33 teams searching on five continents for the world’s rarest amphibians. This led Moore to release his first book in 2014, "In Search of Lost Frogs", a 70,000-word narrative wrapped around 400 images depicting the search for some of the most elusive creatures on earth. The "Search for Lost Frogs" campaign was wildly successful; within a year, scientists found 20 of the "lost" frogs--one of which had last been seen in 1874.

Moore’s tireless work capturing some of the rarest creatures on film, lead to the shot of two endangered rhinos on the cover of Newsweek Magazine, in the November issue of 2014. The article “— The Black Market Trade for Endangered Animals Flourishes on the Web” exposed how some of the rarest species on Earth are being killed off and traded on Facebook.

Recently, Moore has been working on a project to broaden these efforts to other taxonomic groups. As communications director with Global Wildlife Conservation, he is developing a platform to showcase stories of species both ‘lost and found’.

In between his travels and photography assignments, Moore hosts a podcast for National Geographic called "No Filter," where he interviews fellow award-winning photographers such as, Cory Richards, Joel Sartore and Jim Richardson about their craft.

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