‘Ivory Belongs Here – A visit to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area’ ~ a photography exhibit by Moon Lai – Now Open

Moon Lai is an insurance agent on a mission and it has nothing to do with selling insurance. The animals of Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) have captured his attention. Lai is a freelance photographer. “In April, I traveled to Tanzania for two weeks, with special permission from NCA to photograph elephants and the wildlife. Now I’m ready to promote the photos, speak about elephant conservation and help fund elephant research,” he says.

Approximately six years ago, Lai decided to do some freelance photography. “I wanted to shoot the things I love, such as horses and sailing,” he says. Remembering polo games he watched as a teenager growing up in Malaysia, he contacted the local polo club, Twin City Polo, and began photographing their practices. His images got noticed and he was invited to travel with Harvard Polo to Mongolia and China in 2013.

Wanting to use his photography to help conservation, Lai continued to pursue his mission. Through friends, he met Donatus Gadiye, an elephant senior researcher with Ngorongoro.

NCA is a protected area of 8,292 square kilometers located in Tanzania. It is unique in Africa in that its natural resource conservation is integrated with human development. The Serengeti Plains support about 2 million migratory wildlife species, along with the Maasai people, in a huge expanse of savannah, forest and bush land.

With respect for culture and without damaging the environment, tourism is vital to raising revenue for the area. Visitors can see wild animals, as well as elephant caves, 150-meter-high waterfalls and local flora.” – From article in  Maple Grove Magazine