Lisa Wen, a noted Taiwanese animal photographer, traveled to East Africa, from September to October this year, to film Kenyan wildlife. For the occasion, she produced a short film, “The Offsprings of Earth,” that highlights the importance of wildlife conservation in Kenya.
The short film is competing against 27 other films for the “Taipei Golden Eagle Micro-Movie Festival.”
The fourth installment of the festival, organized by the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy, has selected 28 teams for an online poll contest.
For “The Offering oF Earth,” Wen visited the Ol Pejeta Conservancy that caters to endangered species, such as northern white rhinos, with the aim of recording their interactions on film. Asked for the reasons why northern white rhinos are at risk of extinction, the conservancy activist said poaching is the biggest threat to wildlife.
Wen added that white rhinos could face extinction as a result of human greed. People should preserve biodiversity on Earth and reduce their consumption, she advocated.
During her stay, Wen also documented homeless and injured elephants in Kenya.
The photographer also went to the Kalahari Desert to record the lives of meerkats fifth time. During her tireless work, she has collected more than 40,000 photos and 8,000 video clips. There is, therefore, little wonder that she is called, “Mother Meerkat.” The close relationships between the meerkat family members inspired Wen, who said that she has finally found her goal in life.
The online poll for the nominees of the Taipei Golden Eagle Micro-Movie Festival is open until Dec. 31. The results will come out at the award ceremony on Jan. 10. The competition aims to encourage corporations to share their stories of success in implementing Sustainable Development Goals.