Wildlife photographer Trevor Penfold’s passion for his work brought dual rewards last month with the release of a second book, ‘Wild Behaviour’ — now available at more than 40 retail outlets including Raglan’s Kanuka Design — and the launch of a new photography group based over the divvy at Hamilton Zoo.

Trevor’s known already about town for his workshops at the Old School, and with his latest initiative is not only promoting wildlife photography beyond Raglan but also bringing more money into the zoo’s conservation fund which he’s “quite passionate about”.

Five dollars from each membership is donated to the fund, Trevor says, which benefits animal awareness worldwide.
The zoo is an ideal training ground for nature photography enthusiasts, he adds, with group members able to develop their skills during the monthly walkabouts, have photographic critiques and follow up if need be with discounted workshops in the education room.

Trevor told the Chronicle last week he’s had a good response to his “un-pressured” zoo photography group from amateur photographers, including a few locals who’ve been involved recently in his Raglan workshops.

The award-winning wildlife and nature photographer spent many months last year behind the lens in both the North and South Islands, capturing native and endemic species for his latest book. Though already out on the bookstands, it will be officially launched in Raglan early next month.

‘Wild Behaviour — A New Zealand Perspective’ showcases the amazing diversity of animals with which we share our planet, says Trevor, who aims to raise awareness of the importance of using the environment in a sustainable way.