This is the first of a series of ten blog posts featuring the work of the 33 artists participating in "Wildlife: Trading and Conservation." All have generously offered to loan or donate their works to Creature Conserve so the exhibition can travel, and we are now working on the next venue.
In the meantime, it is my privilege to share with you my photos of their artwork and an excerpt from their artist statements.
The goal of this exhibition is to consider the role of global wildlife trade in driving dozens of species to extinction, while harming human lives and livelihoods; and to empower the viewing public to take part in conservation.
We begin with the LION, the animal that motivated me to start Creature Conserve. From the exhibition brochure:
LIONS, Panthera leo (listed as VULNERABLE by the IUCN) are found in sub-Saharan Africa. While most cats are solitary lions are the exception, and are the most social; related females in a pride will often nurse each other’s cubs. Lions are in trouble because of trophy hunting for their pelts, claws, and teeth, as well as for the bush meat (hunting of wildlife for food) trade.
There are many ways to help LIONS. Join me in learning about them, celebrating them, and taking action to protect them.
Graphic Lion (banner) by Christina Ward