Wildlife photography books, including Nicki Geigert’s book on yawning lemurs, are not just photo books; they are also part of a battle cry to preserve and protect endangered species and their habitats.

Who’s Yawning Now? is a photo book on yawning lemurs and other animals. In this fantastic collection of wild animals in their candid moments, nature and travel photographer Nicki Geigert shows the beauty of wildlife and warns us of what we are losing at the moment. Many animals featured in her book are endangered species. Each of the animals in the book is featured with an IUCN Red List of Threatened Species tag. This tag will show readers how endangered the animal is based on the best-known worldwide conservation status listing and ranking system. Wildlife photography books such as this serve the purpose of showcasing the beauty of nature, its flora and fauna, and at the same time remind us that many of these animals and habitats need our care and protection against climate change and destructive human activities.

Wildlife photography books show us the majesty of nature, its inhabitants, and at the same time, remind us of our great responsibility to look after the delicate balance that governs all living things. 

All over the world, conservation groups and environmental activists are desperately trying to spread the truth about the current situation of our rainforests, our coral reefs, our mountains, and our rivers. Through various action plans and lobbying, they pressure governments and corporations to act on reversing the effects of climate change, to execute laws that will protect habitats and endangered species. However, the need to educate more people on vital environmental and wildlife issues is still greater. Wildlife photography books play a crucial role in educating more people, especially the younger generations who will one day inherit the planet- its beauty and its impending doom.

Works such as those by Nicki Geigert and other wildlife photographers add to the rising clamor to address wildlife issues as soon as possible before wildlife photos become a collection of extinct animals and destroyed habitats.

We are racing against time, and right now, wildlife photography books are vital tools in spreading awareness in our fight to preserve endangered species and humankind, and the planet.

Photos do not lie, and in the case of wildlife photography, especially those that display disturbing realities about the state of nature and the animals, they are tools that can awaken even the most passive individuals to take action and contribute to the protection of endangered species and the planet.

So as long as we’re in this cycle of lies, the pictures can actually stand up again and do some more work. I still believe that [photography] plays—I hate to say it this way—unfortunately, the strongest role, because data and science doesn’t necessarily hit you emotionally.” – veteran wildlife photographer Nick Nichols, TIME.

Wildlife photos also can reveal and further enlighten us about the interconnectedness of our species and the roles we play in the great balance of life. The plight of endangered animals, the rainforests, the coral reefs, the marine biodiversity, the plains, rivers, even the isolated polar regions are all connected. If we are to survive as a human race, we must ensure no excesses because nature does not tolerate excesses. If we keep on hunting down a particular species to the brink of extinction, we deprive nature of its unique contribution. We are all part of the Great Circle of Life, which means we have a role to play in ensuring the protection and preservation of wildlife. 

Overall, visual images are powerful, for we can see the truth as it is. Therefore, wildlife photography is essential in our fight for preservation and survival.