Above: Sketching elephants in South Africa, Pencil and paper, Ysemay Dercon

July 2017

Art+science Study abroad: SOUTH AFRICA 

A chance for artists to get involved in conservation by exploring first hand what is happening, why it is happening, and what can be done about it. 

2017 study course, JUNE 30-JULY 18 2017 - JUST COMPLETED - check back Photos and artwork

Led by zoo and wildlife veterinarian, writer, and educator Dr. Lucy Spelman, this 3-week trip to South Africa was designed to give artists an inside look into the problem of the wildlife trade from a conservation problem/solution perspective. Trade in wildlife, legal and illegal, has a ripple effect on the health and well-being of the animal being traded, as well as other animals, including humans. The trip activities were focused on four species in big trouble from the wildlife trade: pangolins, lions, elephants, and rhinos. Space was LIMITED to 7 travelers.

2018 STuDY COURSE planned, june 14-july 4 2018 - EMAIL DRLUCY@CREATURECONSERVE.COM FOR DETAILS.

Our next 3-week trip (2018) to South Africa will be offered for course credit through the Rhode Island School of Design. The focus will be to introduce artists and designers to five of the most pressing conservation challenges in South Africa today: Elephant overpopulation and resulting damage to the environment including the prized marula tree; Pangolin declines as a result of electric fence mortality; Rhino poaching and the ripple effect on local communities; Wildlife poisoning, which has devastated vulture populations and is threatens to contaminate food for humans; and, Domestic cattle infectious diseases which continue to move back and forth among wildlife, reducing the value of this all-important animal. The assignment for the course will be to select one of the five conservation challenges, research the scientific rationale for saving the species and its impact on other animals, including humans, and create a work of original art or design that makes the problem and its solution more meaningful, relevant, and understandable. Space will be LIMITED to 17 travelers.

EMAIL DRLUCY@CREATURECONSERVE.COM FOR DETAILS.

A pair of elephant calves at the Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa

A pair of elephant calves at the Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa

The trip includes visits to Makalali Private Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. Our host is the Field College run by Bushwise Field Guides.

African lion

African lion

African Hawk eagle

African Hawk eagle