The February issue of BBC Wildlife features a cover story illustrated with my photos about the plight of the highly endangered Asiatic Cheetah and the political issues that caused a group of Iranian conservationists to get arrested with wrongful accusations of using their camera traps for spying.

I’ve shared images and stories about this tragedy before, on my social media accounts. Please follow us on Instagram @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to stay engaged.

BBC Wildlife "Caught in the Crossfire" February 2020

For more information on the situation involving the conservationists, check out these links:

March 8, 2019, Monga Bay, “Iran’s endangered cheetahs and imperiled conservationists”


March 15, 2019,, “Jailed researchers trying to protect threatened cheetahs in Iran await verdict”


August 25, 2019, Washington Post, “Environmentalists filmed Iran’s vanishing cheetahs. Now they could be executed for spying.”