Empty Forests Vietnam

Empty Forests Vietnam

I’m a regular contributor to the New York Times, often covering stories around South East Asia. This time I was asked to illustrate the impact we as humans are having on the diverse flora and fauna of Vietnam’s forests.



 Vietnam has more than 30 national parks and was once a mecca for scientists looking to discover new plants and animals. The biodiversity was once some of the finest in the world. Fast forward to today and poaching along with animal trafficking has resulted in empty forests.


Murphy, a 3-year-old male sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) at the Bear Rescue Center Vietnam. Tam Dao National Park.

 The article was written by Stephen Nash. The New York Times ran the article in April of this year and was read by millions, thankfully spreading awareness to the problem. Conservation groups on the ground do as much as they can but need as much help as possible. Hopefully, this article has shed enough light on the problem to prompt some action. 

Local contemplating the views of rice paddies and limestones from Mua Cave, Tam Coc.
Close-up of one of the many flower species at the gardens of Tam Coc Garden resort.
Hatinh langurs (Trachypithecus hatinhensis) at the 5 hectars semi-wild hill within the Endangered Primate Rescue Center. Cuc Phuong National Park.
Red-shanked douc langur (Pygathrix cinerea) at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center. Cuc Phuong National Park.

Vietnam’s hunted animals.

Colour Treatment. Shot on film and digital. colour corrected to match the film.

Multi-layered canopy at Cuc Phuong National Park.
Tropical forest at Cuc Phuong National Park.

The conservationists in Vietnam, work tirelessly to protect the animals left in Vietnam’s forests.

NYT. Shooting for the New York Times is always interesting, great stories, visually engaging and gives me the opportunity to meet some wonderful writers. To read the full story head over to the New York Times


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