Canon teaches young people wildlife photography to help preserve biodiversity

Canon teaches young people wildlife photography to help preserve biodiversity
(Image credit: ©Wild Shots)

As we celebrate World Environment Day, it's important to shine a light on companies using their power and reach for good. Canon and its Young People program in South Africa has been working with Mike Kendrick, the founder of the local non-profit organization Wild Shots Outreach. Together, they've been teaching wildlife photography to young people in local black communities to help them embrace their natural heritage and protect local biodiversity. 

The Wild Shots Outreach program prioritizes high school students from government schools bordering Kruger National Park, one of Africa's largest game reserves. Despite their proximity, the majority of local young people living next to the reserve have never visited it or seen the wildlife it houses. This is due to the lingering impact of apartheid, expensive entry fees and the lack of transport. 

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