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Margay in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve

Capturing Mexico’s wildlife has seen Roberto Pedraza pick up an array of awards. In a bid to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) held a worldwide photography competition called “Give Biodiversity your best Shot”. The winning photograph by Roberto Pedraza was of a Margay kitten, called Nina. The kitten was rescued in Sierra Gorda, Mexico, in December 2009 by the World Land Trust’s (WLT) project partners Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG).

Margay in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve

“Innocence”, Roberto’s winning photograph of a Margay kitten © Roberto Pedraza.

This October, Roberto (GESG’s technical adviser) had his winning photograph exhibited at the COP10 global biodiversity conference in Nagoya, Japan. In the closing hours of the conference a deal was struck between delegates that included increasing the area of protected land across the world. Although falling short of what conservationists had hoped for, it still represents a significant increase in protected land and it is an important step in securing the survival of species such as Margays. Winning the competition has given GESG a welcome platform to raise awareness of its work, and highlight Mexico’s wealth of biological diversity. Urgent steps for conservation are needed if these species are to survive into the future. Yet this is far from Roberto’s only success, his work will be celebrated in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Zoo this month, at a photography exhibit organised by the Spanish National Geographic magazine and Mexico’s conservation commission, CONABIO (National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity).

Pseudoerycea cephalica

One of the many salamanders endemic to Mexico. This is Pseudoerycea cephalica, which is Endangered but is found in the cloud and temperate forests on GESG reserves. Photo © Roberto Pedraza.

The exhibit will celebrate the beauty and importance of Mexico’s wildlife, showcasing the work of 26 photographers. Two images by Roberto have been chosen: a salamander and another photograph of Nina who yet again proved to be favourite. Roberto admits to being ‘pretty obsessive about photographing wildlife’ and his passion is clear to see. WLT congratulates him on all these successes and thanks him for allowing us to use them on our website.


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