Fauna in Focus: The Evolution

Fauna in Focus was born from The Nosy Maitso Project, an award winning film produced by Dan, the project founder. This environmental awareness film was made for Centre ValBio (CVB), a research station in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar (RNP). The film was narrated entirely in the local Malagasy language aims to inform local communities about the importance of wildlife conservation and research.

A black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variagata) in Ranomafana National Park. Clip from the original Nosy Maitso film.

Dr. Patricia Wright and Daniel in 2008 at Centre ValBio, Madagascar.

Mamisoa, Daniel and Mbola at the debut of Nosy Maitso at CVB in 2008.

After leaving Madagascar, Dan spent several years working with the environmental education program of Wildlife Conservation Society, before heading to Nigeria. There he worked for CERCOPAN, a primate rescue and conservation center, and helped delope local eco-club programs and a reforestation project. In 2013 Dan headed to Cambodia to develop environmental education programs for Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB). The Fauna in Focus project began in February 2015.


A Journey Begins

After six month of fundraising and planning, Fauna in Focus began production on our first major public awareness campaign, A Cambodian Nature Film. This film aims to touch the hearts and minds of people across the country, inspire a love of nature and empower a new generation of conservation heroes.

Filming began at the sites of our conservation partners. Fauna in Focus partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Sam Veasna Center to promote their conservation efforts. We also traveled to BeTreed to film rescued gibbons and green peafowl in a natural setting. In November of 2015 we traveled to Siem Pang to film Cambodia's three species of critically endangered vultures with Birdlife International at one of their vulture restaurant conservation sites. We also made several filming trips to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center to work with Wildlife Alliance, and to film the Siamese crocodile breeding program with Fauna & Flora International. Finally we worked with the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the Bantey Srey Butterfly Center to film a wide variety of insects. We ended primary filming in Oddar Meancheay Province at Monk's Community Forest.

Primary filming was followed by several months of tedious editing and sound design. The film was completed in November of 2016. The film premiered on March 18, 2017 at Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap. With a $25k grant from USAID Cambodia through Winrock International, Fauna in Focus spent the next three months distributing the film across the country, in cinemas, rural villages as well as online promotion. Thus far the film has already reached over 300,000 people across the country, and the number is growing every day.