Posts Tagged ‘endangered animal’

The Endangered Species Prints

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Oddly enough, I first noticed The Endangered Species Print Project because their logo related to the “trees on turtle shells” post I had written a while back. The project is a collaboration between artists Jenny Kendler and Molly Shafer. It’s a pretty clever idea – they release a limited edition of prints of an endangered specie, the number of prints corresponds with the number of remaining plants or animals. The money from each print is donated to an organization that is dedicated to protecting the survival of that species. Check out some of the great artwork you can buy to help their cause…

Golden-Crowned Sifaka by Jerstin Crosby
population in the wild: 1000
Madagascar Fish-Eagle by Matt Adrian
population in the wild: 222

Amur Leopard by Jenny Kendler
population in the wild: 45

Vancouver Island Marmot by Molly Shafer
population in the wild: 140

Panamanian Golden Frog by Jenny Kendler
population in the wild: 100

Seychelles Sheath-Tailed Bat by Molly Shafer
population in wild: 37

Indri Lemur by Jenny Kendler
population in wild: 1000

A Cry For Help

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Thinkspace Gallery in LA is holding an awesome show called “A Cry For Help“. 20% of all the profits are donated to Born Free – whose mission is to “end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally.” The show runs from Jan. 8th, 2010 through Feb. 5th, 2010.

They have some really great artists participating in the show that it is hard to pick favorites. Here are a few of them. Make sure to check out the site – for other great ones.

Beggar by Joao Ruas
Every Promise Is Meant To Be Broken by Fumi Nakamura

Amongst – Carry Weapon by Ghostpatrol

Pika Mountain by Amy Sol

Rise of the Giant Panda by Paul Barnes

The Fading by Dan May

Nest Warmers by Apak

Presto Change-O’ by Charlie Immer
On The Sweet Winter Eve of Brown Bear and Baby by Imminent Disaster

Fawn Study by Heiko Müller

Stranded by Leontine Greenberg

p.s. I find it really hard to not post the paintings with some of my favorite rarer animals. There are at least 2 red pandas and 2 moon bears and a gibbon in this show – make sure you look for those works!

Recent Reads

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Riding public transportation is good for the environment and also gives you lots of time to read!

Here are the last few books I’ve read:

Asian Forest

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Here is a print I made with hand stitched background leaves. I’ll put it for sale on our site shortly. And hopefully take some better pictures. This scan didn’t come out great.

They don’t all actually live together in one forest but they are all the animals are from Southern Asia and are suffering habitat loss. The animals are red panda, orangutan, slow loris, sika deer, bornean clouded leopard, sumatran rabit, panda.

Disney Nature

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

My two loves are together at last, Walt Disney Studios is coming out with its first full length nature documentary, called Earth. It opens April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day. Disney teamed up with producer Alastair Fothergill of Planet Earth and Blue Planet to create Earth. Looks like they are going super earth friendly and even recycling some of the film from Fothergill’s earlier films.

Disney has pledged to plant one tree for every ticket sold in the first week in the Brazilian Atlantic forest, one of the most threatened rainforests in the world.

Person of the Forest by Alina Bachmann

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

We know by now the basic requirements for what I consider to be fabulous artwork:
1) It is beautiful.
2) It has some sort of message about the relationship between humans and nature.

Alina Bachmann
has taken that one step further and added into the mix my most favorite blog topic: the evils of Palm Oil.

Person of the Forest
is a brilliant installation about the conflicts between orangutans and the palm oil industry. Alina had all her friends, family and fellow college students collect all their wrappers from food containing palm oil. She then used these wrappers to create a strikingly beautiful, yet deadly ‘forest’ for the orangutans. This new forest is where orangutans will be forced to live as they continue to lose more and more of their habitat to the palm oil industry.

What a brilliant exhibit – my only problem with the whole thing is that I didn’t think of it myself! :)

Exhibition Information:

Saturday, February 28 – Monday, March 23, 2009

Opening Reception
Sunday, March 1, 2009 2-4pm
Mooney Center Lounge

Gallery Info
Mooney Center Gallery
Helen & Peter Mooney Art & Educational Technology Center
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805
(914) 654 – 5423

Mon-Thurs 9:30am-9pm Fri-Sun 9:30am-5pm

A ‘Sweet’ Story

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Jon Stocking – wanted to be a chef, since he desperately needed a job he decided to work on a Tuna ship – before the whole dolphin safe tuna craze. One day while he was on the ship he saw a baby dolphin who was caught in the tuna net had been separated from her mother. Now Jon, had seen a few dolphins get caught in the net before but this pushed him over the edge he couldn’t take it anymore. He jumped into the net with tunas, sharks and all took out a knife and cut the net to free the dolphin – as well as all the tuna. Needless to say he lost the job he had so desperately needed.

This event really motivated him and he decided he really wanted to use his talents to help animals. He got another job learning how to make chocolate. He went on to create Endangered Species Chocolate, the very successful chocolate brand that uses sustainable, forest friendly ingredients and donates 10% of its proceeds to conservation. Each bar comes with a beautiful illustration or picture of an endangered species as well as information on that species.

When I read this story in Jane Goodall’s book – Reason for Hope – I was already obsessed with these chocolate bars. Every time I saw them I couldn’t resist buying them even though I am not a huge chocolate person. I just loved the concept behind the company. Then I was reading that story I was really touched and thought it was such a great story. Then I got to the end to find out it was the same man who started this company I was obsessed with!

You can read this story and other great ones like it in two of Jane Goodall’s books:

Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey

The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for The Animals We Love

Cross Species Adoptions

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

I love nothing more than stories of unlikely animals becoming friends, like in the classic Disney movie The Fox and the Hound. It’s even better when these stories happen in real life. Even more amazing than when two animals of different species become friends, is when animal mothers adopt a needy baby of a different species. Its unlikely for animals to even adopt a non-related animal of the same species. Can anything be more heartwarming, than a story a lion caring for an orphaned baby antelope, an animal a lion would usually make dinner? These stories really prove that animals can be just as compassionate and generous as humans.

Lioness adopts multiple antelopes in Kenya. video

Two baby Sumatran orangutans and two baby Sumatran tigers become great friends after all four are abandoned by their mothers.

Owen and Mzee are perhaps the most famous story of cross species adoption. Owen, the baby hippo who got separated from his family in the 2004 Tsunami, chose to make Mzee the 130 year old Aldabra tortoise his new mom. It took a little convincing but Mzee soon accepted Owen and the two have been insperable ever since.

An orangutan loving a kitten.

Koko the gorilla and her adopted kitten.

Macaque loving a cat.

Macaque hugging a dog.

There are so many stories of tigers adopting pigs and pigs adopting tigers, who knew that tigers and pigs could be such great friends!

Jessica the hippo and her puppy friends.

This mouse rides a frog in a flood.
Dogs and deers become friends.

Not sure they are actually friends, but this iguana caught a ride from a sting ray. Pretty crazy.

Tiger and dog friends.

A dog and a hamster.

Squirrel and hedgehog buddies.

Hedgehog and kitten.Rhino and goat.

Tessa, the puggle, believes she’s a pig from hanging around Mushu, the pig, all the time.

This abandoned macaque in China was very depressed until he befriended a pigeon. (full story)
There is also a great story and video about a baboon who adopts an injured chicken.

After this leopard followed her natural instinct and killed an adult baboon for a meal, she discovered this new born baboon. Instead of protecting her kill, she decided to protect the baby baboon from a nearby hyena. video

Classic enemy pairs:
Cat and Dogs

Cat and Mouse – these two snuggle, unlike the Tom and Jerry stereotype.

This kitten is fascinated with his bird, well duck, friends.

It’s interesting that so many of these stories involve the big carnivorous cats, who seem the most unlikely animals to be looking out for others.

Silvery Gibbon

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

The Silvery or Javan Gibbon is one of the world’s most endangered primates, with less than 2000 remaining in the wild. They live only on the Indonesian island of Java. Java has already suffered the devastating extinction of the Java Tiger (effectively extinct – there was thought to be three remaining in 1979). The Javan Rhino is also beyond critically endangered with only about 50 animals remaining.

Make sure to check out the gibbon call on the Silvery Gibbon website. If you weren’t in the middle of the jungle when you heard this, you would definitely think it was a car alarm.

If you are interested in helping in helping you can visit these great organizations’ websites:

The Silvery Gibbon Project

ProFauna Indonesia

International Primate Protection League

Gibbon Conservation Center

Lonesome George

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Talk about critically endangered, Lonesome George, of the Galapagos, is the sole survivor of his species, Pinta Island Tortoise (Geochelone elephantopus abingdoni). He has been all by himself since 1972 when they brought him to captivity at the Charles Darwin Research center so they could protect the last animal of the Pinta Island species.

After nearly 40 years by himself, they belief they may have found one of Lonesome George’s half brothers, a first generation hybrid another species of native tortoise and the Pinta Island Tortoise. This brings hope that they might be able to find a good mate for George so he can pass on his genes. For more information you can read the full story here.

To see how you can help Lonesome George and other Galapagos tortoises visit: The Charles Darwin Foundation website.