Above: Jaguar Corridors, Papier-mâché, by Emily Schnall

MISSION

We bring artists and scientists together to foster informed and sustained support for animal conservation.

VISION

Everyone participates in conservation, inspired by a community of artists and scientists who collaborate to save species.

Strategy

We celebrate, study, and help protect all living creatures by reconnecting art with science.

PROGRAMS

Our programs include exhibits, field studies, scholarships, and workshops.

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

In her 2015 TEDx talk, Dr. Spelman describes how her work as a zoo and wildlife veterinarian led her to seek new ways to engage people in conservation by connecting art and science. Click here to watch her TEDX Talk Art Can Save A Panda. Over the course of her career, she has treated animals of all kinds, from cockroaches to giant pandas. She has lived in Rwanda, where she managed the veterinary team responsible for the world’s only mountain gorillas, has served as Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo, and is a published author. In addition to scientific articles, she contributed the title story and co-edited the others in “The Rhino with Glue on Shoes” (Random House, 2008) and wrote the text for the popular “National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia” (2012.) She has taught biology at RISD since 2010 and continues to practice veterinary medicine at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists.

“Artists have always been interpreters of our time.Through their eyes, the science of saving species and the importance of taking a one-health approach to conservation becomes accessible, meaningful, and relevant—and, the source of positive change.”

–Dr. Lucy Spelman, Founder, Creature Conserve

In this marker drawing, then art student Derek Miranda explores the connections between local people, fish, water, and giant otters in Guyana; he traveled there for a Rhode Island School of Design course taught by Creature Conserve founder Dr. Lucy Spelman.

CREATURE CONSERVE STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2025

Provide the funding, expertise, and oversight needed to establish, sustain, and promote art/ science collaboration through our programs.

OUR PROGRAMS

Our programs include exhibits, field studies, scholarships, and workshops.

OUR GOALS

  1. Give artists interested in science the opportunity to research and respond to the problems facing animals today.

  2. Give scientists working in conservation the opportunity to explore the artistic, humanistic, and emotional side of their work.

  3. Inspire collaboration among artists and scientists working with animals.

  4. Inspire conservation action by bringing artists and scientists together to save species.

  5. Demonstrate conservation is something we can all do.

  6. Follow best practices for non-profit boards.

Two of Dr. Spelman's former patients in Rwanda - mother and baby mountain gorilla.

Two of Dr. Spelman's former patients in Rwanda - mother and baby mountain gorilla.