Karl Ammann

Professional photographer, conservationist and protector of wildlife who has spent most of his career in the Congo Basin.

He is considered to be the foremost expert on the illegal trade in wild animals from Africa to China and South-East Asia. Ammann began his career in photography in Africa at the beginning of the eighties photographing cheetahs, but then began to focus mainly on the great apes. In 1988 he witnessed the illegal trade in wildlife and since that time has chosen to work on getting more attention paid to this issue. His photographs of animal victims are for many shocking and even revolting, and he has even been accused of exaggerating the problem. Thanks to his books Eating Apes and Consuming Nature these issues have begun to attract the attention of professional institutions and the general public.