Exotic Companions by Frank Trimbos

In South Africa, the market for trading exotic pets, either legally or illegally, is big. It all looks so nice and cool, having an exotic animal as your pet, and inspired by stories about the ‘real Tarzan’ and the ‘lion whisperer’, a lot of people want to be the next exotic animal whisperer.
Jackie Jamison is very fond of her pet capuchin, although the capuchin is getting more hostile and unmanageable now that he’s getting older. Jackie must consider to give the monkey away

In South Africa, the market for trading exotic pets, either legally or illegally, is big. It all looks so nice and cool, having an exotic animal as your pet, and inspired by stories about the ‘real Tarzan’ and the ‘lion whisperer’, a lot of people want to be the next exotic animal whisperer.

But once they have one and they have found out what they need to do to take good care of it, and the money it costs, it is suddenly not so cute anymore and rather a lot of work. It poses a lot of threats as well; not only to the wellbeing of the animal itself, but what if it escapes, and what will its presence do to the natural environment and the South African species? Those things most exotic pet owners have not considered before buying an exotic animal.

Charlie, the African Grey Timneh parrot, is waiting in his travel cage for his cataracts check-up. Cataracts is a common occurrence for African Greys. Therefore, Charlie’s owner annually schedules him in for a check-up

An exotic animal is a species that is not an indigenous species in South Africa. This means that an exotic animal has been imported (with or without the requisite permits) into the country and is either being kept in a captive situation or has been released. One of the reasons why the exotic pet trade is so big in South Africa is because it is fairly easy to get exotic animals in the country and to sell them to the buyers. Although initiatives and regulations have been launched over the recent years to strengthen compliance and enforcement of legislation to protect animals, wildlife and indigenous species, about 90% of exotic pet owners still don’t have a permit for their animals.

The permits for exotic animals are issued by authorities when people can prove that they have the means to take good care of the exotic animals in terms of space, funds and environment. The environment needs to be safe for both the animal and its surroundings. The permit further provides a manual how to take care of them and what actions to take in specific situations (e.g. should the animal escape).

Veterinarian Dorian Elliot, of the Veterinarian Hospital for Exotic Animals at the University of Pretoria, and her assistant Meissie are examining a fatigued and listless chinchilla. The chinchilla is brought to the clinic by her concerned owner, who is afraid that something is seriously wrong with her pet’s health

For some animals permits aren’t even required, even though the animals are seen as exotic, such as the weeper capuchin and other monkey species. The capturing of monkeys is not prohibited in South Africa and therefore, monkeys are one of the most common exotic animals that are used as pets in the country. Baby monkeys are of course very cute, but when they grow up, they can become quite a handful and can tear a living room apart without much effort. They are also vulnerable to diseases, especially when owners don’t know how to take care of them. This then soon becomes a problem for the animals, the owners and the surroundings, especially when being ‘released’.

For this documentary, ‘Exotic Companions’, I have met with owners of exotic pets, conservatories and veterinarians of exotic animals to highlight the trade of exotic pets in South Africa, to show what it entails to have an exotic pet and what the consequences are for the animals, the owners and the environment. With this series I want to look beyond the cuteness and excitement of owning an exotic animals and show what the impact is of capturing exotic animals as pets. Especially in these strange times with the Covid-19 crisis we are experiencing now, it is important to understand and re-balance the relationship between man, animals and nature.

A leopard tortoise is weighted and checked out. It turns out that his shell is broken on one side. The owner doesn’t know what caused this to happen

About Frank Trimbos

I focus on human interest documentaries and stories that are worth telling the world. An eye for detail and telling the story behind the observations play an essential role in this. In 2007 I started my professional career as documentary photographer at The Parool in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I am currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where I’m working for various photo agencies and making independent photo series. Since I live in South Africa, I don’t have a shortage of topics for new series. Currently Africa is in motion, and the responses to this motion is determent for the direction the continent will take. This has a major impact on people’s lifestyles and how they view life and how they interact. This impact is both visible and tangible and manifests itself in various ways, which I want to capture with my photo series. [Official Website]

Jackie Jamison is very fond of her pet capuchin, although the capuchin is getting more hostile and unmanageable now that he’s getting older. Jackie must consider to give the monkey away

Charlie, the African Grey Timneh parrot, is waiting in his travel cage for his cataracts check-up. Cataracts is a common occurrence for African Greys. Therefore, Charlie’s owner annually schedules him in for a check-up

Meissie, the veterinary assistant, prepares for the next meeting in the operating room of the Veterinarian Hospital for Exotic Animals at the University of Pretoria. The next check-up is done on the tortoise who was just brought in

A crab-eating macaque looks through the bars of its cage at the Primate Conservatory in Pretoria. The capturing of monkeys to keep them as pets is not prohibited in South Africa. Therefore, monkeys are one of the most common exotic animal species that are used as pets in South Africa. Naturally, baby monkeys are cute, but when growing up, they can be quite a handful and can tear a living room apart. They are also vulnerable for diseases, especially when the owners don’t know exactly how to take care of them. The Primate Conservatory offers shelter for these monkeys who grew too big or have become too troublesome for their previous owners’ liking.

A serval is getting a CT-scan to check the severity of the wound caused by a Rottweiler attack. The result of the CT-scan shows that she can get better, but because the operation will be very expensive, the owners have decided to put her to sleep

A serval, who is kept as a pet, has been bitten by the pet Rottweiler of the family. The dog bit her in the neck and made her paralysed

Mazda the capuchin has been feeling sick and listless for the last week and is taken to the Veterinarian Hospital for Exotic Animals in Pretoria for a check-up to see what is wrong with him

Angie, the bearded dragon, has been put to sleep by Doctor Steven Steyn. He gives a lethal injection to Angie, who accidently fell off a table. Her ribs were broken and her intestines were so severely damaged, that there was no other option left but to put her to sleep. Jacqueline van der Merwe is heart-broken by the loss of her pet and is supported by her friend

A 12 weeks old marmoset is getting a check-up at the Veterinarian Hospital for Exotic Animals in Pretoria

A small wild bird is brought in to the Veterinarian Hospital, transferred in a shoe box by a good Samaritan who was looking after it when it fell out of the nest

A meerkat is being monitored during a M.R.I scan at the Wilgers Animal Hospital in Pretoria. The meerkat suffers from seizures for reasons yet unknown

Michael Jamison pets his Bengal tiger Enzo. Enzo is three years old and he has been living in the Jamison household since he was a cub. Michael Jamison has two pet tigers in his house in Brakpan, South Africa. Two years ago, he divided his entire house, in- and outside, by means of bars, for the tigers to roam through the whole premises. He misses playing with his tigers without the bars, but they’ve grown too big for that. Three months ago, Michael was sued by the SPCA for the surgical removal of the claws of both tigers for his own protection. He has won the court case

Veterinarian Dorian Elliot, of the Veterinarian Hospital for Exotic Animals at the University of Pretoria, and her assistant Meissie are weighing a fatigued and listless chinchilla. The chinchilla is brought to the clinic by her concerned owner, who is afraid that there’s something seriously wrong with her pet’s health 

The pet meerkat of Family van Heerden is put under narcosis to get neutered. Meercats are difficult to keep as a pet, because they cannot be tamed fully. The owners hope that he will be tamer after this operation

These lemurs were intercepted at the South African border when smugglers tried to get the lemurs from Madagascar into South Africa to sell them illegally

A green Alexandrine Parrot is getting a little irritated during a check-up at the veterinary hospital in Pretoria

Chino is holding the bars of his cage with his left hand at the Primate Conservatory in Pretoria. Chino is a weeping capuchin and lost his right arm while he was getting imprisoned and transferred out of South America

More Stories

AImagine: the new Era of making Art ?

AImagine: the new Era of making Art ?

We are experiencing a turning point; indeed, I would say a revolution in the artistic disciplines, especially those relating to visual art; it is the beginning of a new Era in which the current paradigms will no longer be valid, in which reality will be questioned or modified through alternative realities.
Terra Mater – Ode to My Family  by Marco Castelli

Terra Mater – Ode to My Family by Marco Castelli

Words are not inherently suitable to embrace any even blurred concept of time, and beside all speech being made nowadays around the sense of family, its true nature belongs to the undetectable trace we leave through centuries, and to our relationship with time itself.
The magical hidden world by Georgi Georgiev

The magical hidden world by Georgi Georgiev

The magical hidden world project was selected and published in our print edition 23. These photos are one of my personal best from the past few years. Most of them are from one place where I spend every spare moment to take photos.

Portrait Photography Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the Portrait Photography Awards. We are looking
for the best portrait for this year, 2023.

Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of portrait photography.

DEADLINE | FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023

PHOTO BY © JOSE GIRL
Sleepless by Rebecca Sexton Larson

Sleepless by Rebecca Sexton Larson

Growing up I always had an affinity with the night. It was when I did my most productive work, alone in my bedroom free from noise and distractions. I would find comfort in the subdued light and quiet stillness, losing a sense of time and being absorbed in the moment of creating art.
Pride and prejudice by Renata Dutrée

Pride and prejudice by Renata Dutrée

Pride and prejudice project was selected and published in our print edition 23. This ongoing series of studio portraits of young men is intended to challenge the viewer with social constructs that are centered around masculinity and femininity. Gender bias, gender roles and stereotypes can affect everyone negatively.
Gender identity; Lexi by Timothi Jane Graham

Gender identity; Lexi by Timothi Jane Graham

I first met Lexi at the beginning of her medical gender affirmation journey in December 2020. At 58 years old, she had identified and lived as a woman for decades behind closed doors. She was born and raised in Ecuador where the LGBTQ community faces intense discrimination which often ends in violence.

Featured Stories

Favelas: the rhythm of change by Albertina d’Urso

Favelas: the rhythm of change by Albertina d’Urso

The favelas of Rio de Janeiro are mostly known for violence and drug trafficking. But, also if those problems still exist, life for most of the inhabitants has nothing to do with that. Favelas are becoming safer and better organized.
François Mitterrand by Diego Goldberg

François Mitterrand by Diego Goldberg

I lived in France from 1976 to 1980. While there I had been covering the Socialist Party and when François Mitterrand decided to be a candidate again for the presidential elections I wrote him a letter with a project to document his campaign from the inside, with total access to his private and political activities.
My Name is Shahrukh by Debiprasad Mukherjee

My Name is Shahrukh by Debiprasad Mukherjee

These were the first few words uttered by a 7 year old, when he was rescued by the RPF from Platform No.4 of Sealdah Station, Kolkata, India. As the little child pushed his way through the crowd of thousands of people in the platform,
Yamal by Marco Marcone

Yamal by Marco Marcone

Yamal, in the language of the indigenous Nenets who inhabit this land, means "the end of the world"; It is a remote, windswept place, characterized by permafrost, by lakes and rivers and is the land of reindeer breeders for over a thousand years.
Timeless Havana by Florence Gallez

Timeless Havana by Florence Gallez

I photographed the Cuba images as a student during world-renowned photojournalist Peter Turnley’s 2013 Havana, Cuba workshop, which then became part of my first photography book Flow and Reflections.
Transylvanian shepherds by Kerekes Istvan

Transylvanian shepherds by Kerekes Istvan

The region of Transylvania is known for the scenery of its Carpathian landscape and its rich history. The Western world commonly associates Transylvania with vampires because of the influence of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" and the many films the tale inspired.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/bannerpr.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Portrait Photography Awards. Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of portrait photography.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/mono2022.jpg

The best 100 images along with the winning images published in the yearly book “Monochromatic – Best Photographers of 2022”

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/banner24.jpg

Call For Entries #24 | After 23 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

The 10 Commandments by Dina Goldstein

The 10 Commandments by Dina Goldstein

The narrative seeks to examine the socio-political makeup of America through its political icons - the presidential figures that mark the most notable and controversial chapters in American history.
Mike Ruiz, The photographer to the stars

Mike Ruiz, The photographer to the stars

Ruiz, who is of French Canadian and Filipino-Spanish ancestry,was born in Montreal in 1964, but raised in Repentigny, Quebec, Canada.
Anže Godec; Austro-Hungarian army complex abandoned by Yugoslav forces finds a new artistic life

Anže Godec; Austro-Hungarian army complex abandoned by Yugoslav forces finds a new artistic life

Army complex from the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It lies by Metelkova Street in the center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was abandoned in the early 1990s, when Yugoslavia collapsed.
Marine Species by Wesley Dombrecht

Marine Species by Wesley Dombrecht

The idea for the series ‘Marine Species’ started with my fascination for the sea, water and everything that lives in it. In this series I want to give the viewer a different look at a variety off sea life, that has been portrayed in a very aesthetic way, minimalistic, where the focus is on the subject, with a playful link incorporated in it.
Africa by Laurent Baheux

Africa by Laurent Baheux

Laurent Baheux (born 1970) is a French photographer known for high contrast black and white photographs of nature and wildlife. Baheux's work about Africa and wildlife is featured in art photography
The Story Of one Family by Anna Galley

The Story Of one Family by Anna Galley

This story is about my grandmother. She is now 90 years old. She has 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. This story shows how one person is able to pull together a large family and keep  love in this family for many years.

Trending Stories

Japan culture : Traditional Culture by Ryoken Nishimura

Japan culture : Traditional Culture by Ryoken Nishimura

Japan culture : There are countless traditional cultures in Japan, from large to small.  Most of them are held at events such as shrines and festivals.
Covid era; We are building a new story by Diego Bardone

Covid era; We are building a new story by Diego Bardone

Diego Bardone, here, managed to tell us the sense of a historical moment characterized by an invisible enemy and the expected victory over it.
Svetlana by Efrat Sela

Svetlana by Efrat Sela

Svetlana, 46-year-old Christian woman, a survivor, always on the move, she had fallen hard into drugs and prostitution along her path. I've met Svetlana for the first time on November 2015 at the "Death Courtyard" in a forgotten dark alley in Tel Aviv.
48 Hours Blackpool by Benita Suchodrev

48 Hours Blackpool by Benita Suchodrev

When I mentioned to a fellow photographer that I had booked my accommodation at Blackpool’s Grand Metropole Hotel, he casually replied, “La grande dame from St. Petersburg is visiting Blackpool for an afternoon chat with the seagulls.”
Matteo Sigolo – Street Photography

Matteo Sigolo – Street Photography

Matteo was born in 1986. He lives and works in Ravenna (Italy). Starting from his first years of university, he slowly develops a deep love for photography, which soon becomes a big part of his life.
Leah and Chloe ; Identical twins by Zuzu Valla

Leah and Chloe ; Identical twins by Zuzu Valla

Leah and Chloe are Identical twins, born in 2005.  Born 3 months premature, weighing just 2lb 4oz. The girls have grown into strong independent young ladies. They love school, with Maths, P.E and Drama being their favourite subjects. 
Project Cleansweep by Dara McGrath

Project Cleansweep by Dara McGrath

Project Cleansweep takes its name from a Ministry of Defence (MoD) report issued in 2011 identifying sites in the UK where tens of thousands of tonnes of mustard gas, phosgene and other lethal chemicals were, since World War 1, made, processed, stored, burned and dumped in England, Wales and Scotland.
A Natural History Austin Cullen

A Natural History Austin Cullen

A Natural History (Built to be Seen) is a series of observations of the western natural world, with an emphasis on the spectacular and absurd ways it’s constructed and presented.
Five minutes with Gennadiy Chernomashintsev

Five minutes with Gennadiy Chernomashintsev

Gennadiy Chernomashintsev was born on the 23 July 1968 in Donetsk (USSR) now Ukraine.When he was a child, didn’t ever think about photography.

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.