Muvhimiwe Nzou (Elephant Hunter)
Work from the series 'hunters, exploring the complex relationship that exists between man, and animal, the
hunter and the hunted.
George Orwell's essay 'Shooting an Elephant' created a deep lasting impression on me when I read it as a child. This was brought vividly back to life when I documented the hunting of an elephant by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, and the utilization of it by the local community under the Campfire Program. I was struck by the stark reality of that death, and the similarity of Orwell's description of the slaying of a rogue elephant in Burma, possibly by his own faltering hand.
Chitsa 'Campfire' area, adjacent to The Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe..
Local villagers fall upon the body of a dead elephant reducing the huge carcass to bones in under 2 hours.
24 hours later the bones have also gone, all that's visible are the fresh tracks of elephants in the damp ground where the carcass once lay.
In 1989, Campfire was founded to improve relationships between rural Zimbabweans and their environment to create sustainability. Campfire provides incentives to Zimbabweans to preserve wild animals and utilize them as valuable natural resources, in many instances Campfire has changed the relationship between Zimbabweans and their environment.
Campfire profits are generated through leasing trophy hunting concessions to foreign hunters, more than 60% of these profits are derived from elephant hunts, the meat from these hunts is used entirely by the local community.