Persson has been traveling to Africa for years. Again and again, he captured the continent's impressive wildlife with spectacular views. The Swede has already published a book with his photographs of animals to raise funds for endangered species. But now, there has come a less classic idea for the welfare of animals. In Kenya in particular, illegal hunting of rhinos is endless. The reason is the continued increase in the market for animal horns. Especially in Asia, many still ask for products to use in traditional medicine. A gram can bring in over $ 130 on the black market, which means that with the entire horn of a rhinoceros, poachers and their sponsors can make profits of up to $ 300,000.
Nails for a good cause
But the keratin that occurs in the horns, there are also in the human nails. Persson had the idea of picking up nails and creating some sort of alternative medicine. Instead, he collected the nails of the customers in front of a shopping center in Stockholm. First of all, of course, the action should also raise awareness of what is happening in countries like China or Vietnam and its impact on nature.
The main trigger of his engagement was Persson's photograph of the last two female white rhinos living in Kenya. Only science could save the species after the recent death of the last male specimen in Sudan. Other rhinoceros species are also in danger of extinction.
On his Facebook page, Persson writes that his idea has already found many imitators. Under the hashtag #nailsagainstextinction, people join the project. Supporters from Japan and Uruguay, among others, have already indicated that they want to get involved in their country, he writes, hoping: "The more people there are, the better it is. and with the power of the whole world, we can stop this senseless extermination. "