The Breathtaking Wildlife Photography Of Will Burrard-Lucas

As the calamities of global warming grow more frequent and severe, some claim that technology is at odds with nature. The more our gadgets can do, these critics say, the less we value the natural world and the more we degrade its offerings. Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, however, uses technology to do the opposite: to raise awareness of the fragile splendor living and breathing all around us.

Burrard-Lucas regularly travels the world to document everything from annual wildebeest migrations in the Serengeti to Komodo dragons lurking about Indonesian forests. Lately, though, Africa has become “[his] primary focus.” In honor of World Wildlife Day, we selected a handful of our favorite photos Burrard-Lucas has taken and talked with him about his work:

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Young Leopards

A young leopard looks into a remote-control camera buggy in South Lunagwa National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Meerkat Dusk

A meerkat looks out toward the dusky horizon in Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Dog Duo

A pair of African Wild Dogs in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Lion Opening Mouth

A male lion yawns next to his kill in Masai Mara, Kenya. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Hippo Charge

A gargantuan mother hippo charges at the photographer in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Leopard Grass

A leopard watches monkeys in trees amid South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Lion Haze

Lions greet a hazy sunrise in Busanga Plains, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Crowned Birds

Crowned cranes in Liuwa Plain, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

African Elephants

African elephants observe a remote-control camera in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Birds

Wattled cranes at dusk, Liuwa Plain, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Cheetah Savannah

A cheetah blends with its environment in Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Giraffes

A giraffe kicks its partner in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Lion Cub

A lion cub approaches the camera in Masai Mara, Kenya. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Silverback Gorilla

A Silverback Western Lowland Gorilla patrols the Congo Rainforest. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Photography Wild Dogs

More African Wild Dogs stare at the camera in South Luangwa, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Hippo Mouth

A hippo yawns in the waters of South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Wild Owl

A Verraux's eagle owl gazes out at Katavi National Park, Tanzania. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Lion Camo

A male lion in morning repose, Kafue National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Snorkeling Elephants

Elephants "snorkel" as they cross the Zambezi River. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Lion Dusk

A lion sits atop a rock in Kidepo Valley, Uganda. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Meerkat Family

A meerkat family huddles together in Botswana. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Lone Lion

A lone lion stands in the African Serengeti. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Leopard Close

A young leopard surveys the remote-control camera in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Elephants Dusk

African elephants walk in Mudumu National Park, Namibia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Orangutans

Chimpanzees groom each other in Mahale National Park, Tanzania. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Sifaka Jumping

A Verreauxs Sifaka jumps about in Madagascar's Berenty Reserve. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Baby Gorilla

A baby mountain gorilla looks at the camera in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Hyena Night

A hyena looks toward the night skies in Liuwa Plain, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Cheetah Backlit

A cheetah silhouette in Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Baby Baboon

A baby baboon ventures away from its parents. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Zebra Haze

Zebras at sunset. Serengeti, Tanzania. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Lion Night

A lioness at dusk in Liuwa Plain, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Wildebeest Sunset

Wildebeest band together as the sun sets in Liuwa Plain, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Baboon Sunset

A baboon sits in a tree, South Luangwa, Zambia. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Wildebeest Trio

Three old male bachelor buffaloes in Masai Mara, Kenya. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Wildebeest Running

Wildebeest run during the annual migration in the Tanzanian Serengeti. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

Sifaka Eating Seeds

A sifaka eats seeds in Madagascar's Anjajavy Forest. Image Source: Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography

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