Featuring talented local amateur photographer Michael Vickers, this fascinating exhibition demonstrates his love of tigers, his skill in photographing them in their natural environment and his support of charities trying to protect these magical animals. Prints are available to purchase alongside the exhibition.
Meet Michael at the Museum on Saturday 13 and Friday 26 January between 11am-1pm. Admission Free!
Michael's love of animals and birds began as a child and the encouragement of his parents to love and respect wildlife.
In Michael's own words:
"I enjoy photography and have a passion for felines, primarily tigers. I am also an avid supporter of wildlife conservation.
In 2000 after having read an article in a magazine regarding a safari to India, my wife Annie, and I travelled to a tiger reserve known as Bandhavgarh, where we saw our first wild tiger. This was to be the beginning of many return visits to India to experience and spend time photographing tigers in their natural forest habitat. India has over two-thirds of Asia’s wild tiger population together with a variety of other wonderful animal and birdlife.
I have been fortunate enough to visit several Indian national parks enabling me to come to recognize a small number of ‘tiger’ families.
I offer my support to a number of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) both in India and the UK who are working to help save and increase wild tiger numbers.
I am pleased to support The Born Free Foundation, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, The Environmental Investigation Agency, Fauna & Flora International and Tiger Awareness. In addition, I also support the Wildlife Protection Society of India. I have supplied WPSI a vehicle that spends time visiting numerous villages surrounding tiger reserves offering assistance to the villagers and educating them on the benefits of having wild tigers close by.
Michael is donating all net profits from the sale of his photographs to the charity ‘Tiger Awareness’ – a small registered UK charity founded by Philip Davis, based in Leicester. Philip, alongside Michael, is totally dedicated to saving wild tiger populations and in this connection he works tirelessly at ground level in India. Information on the charity is available at the Museum. For more information on Michael's work visit his website: https://www.tigersintheforest.co.uk
Michael also visit other parts of the world to photograph wildlife some of which can be seen on the website: https://www.tigersintheforest.co.uk/photography