Animal Works is helping to support several conservation projects in Africa and Asia via self managed initiatives as well as co-managed programs with partners.
The Orangutan Legacy Forest is part of a larger OFI plan to purchase and protect a network of parcels of primary and secondary lowland forest located between the one-million-acre+ Tanjung Puting National Park, the 188,000-acre Lamandau Reserve, and the 1,000-acre Pasir Panjang Village Forest, home to OFI’s Camp Rendell ‘soft-release’ facility. OFI envisions a province-wide system of contiguous, biologically intact nature reserves, parks, corridors, and protected areas, which together will help provide essential habitat to ensure the long-term conservation of the endangered orangutan in our region. Read more…
‘The WTI Leopard Project’ was recently initiated to purchase for the Wildlife Trust of India, a Mobile Veterinary Service vehicle for carnivore & other wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in the Dudhwa region of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.
To confront these issues Animal Works and WTI have initiated a project that addresses ecological and social aspects of human-wildlife conflict in a coordinated and holistic manner, for the long-term conservation of these majestic species. Read more…
As elsewhere in their habitat, in the remote mountains of Nepal the snow leopards are on the brink of extinction. They will only survive if the local people they share their habitat with, protect them instead of killing them for preying on their livestock. Animal Works is supporting the Snow Leopard Conservancy and the Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation to engage the local people in the Annapurna region to conserve this beautiful animal and to value snow leopards rather than regard them as pests. Read more…
The Save Valley Conservancy has been heavily affecting by poaching in the last decade of political instability, but the dedicated reserve managers and game scouts have kept much of the wildlife going, including rhinos and elephants, which have suffered great losses. Animal Works is building capacity to fight poachers in Zimbabwe Read more…
HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT MITIGATION IN INDIA
Human-elephant conflict kills thousands of people and elephants across Africa and Asia every year. The root cause of the problem is habitat loss: as there is less space in the wild for elephants, they come more and more into contact with people. Elephants are hit by trains, electrocuted in low hanging power lines, poisoned and shot at. For the past three years Animal Works supported the Wildlife Trust of India’s - International Fund for Animal Welfare’s orphanage in Assam, where several little elephant orphans, the victims of human-elephant conflict, are being rehabilitated until they can go back to the wild.
ANIMAL WORKS AND THE ARTS
Using the power of art as the driving force behind the Animal Works profile to target a greater audience. Each work created/acquired becomes a visual stimulus for a topic of conversation amongst non-conservationists and conservationists alike. Art transcends language and can be understood and appreciated by all generations and thus Animal Works can be creating a new and long lasting dialogue through the medium of the arts.
Whether through paintings, drawings, sculpture, books, of film, Animal Works aims to use the beauty, engagement and power of art to help save our precious wildlife. Below is a collection of the art Animal Works promotes to assist in fundraising for our wildlife projects.
A story of love and war in the kingdom of elephants
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia, 2009
“This beautifully written book by young Aussie conservationist Tammie Matson tells of her fascinating work – in which chilli peppers end up playing a key role – to reduce human-elephant conflict in Namibia and later India. It includes many encounters, sometimes terrifying and sometimes heart-wrenching, with Africa’s wild animals. Elephant Dance will make you cry, then laugh, then jump, then laugh again.”
News Limited newspapers, 2009
During the filming of ‘Elephant Wars’, award winning Sydney artist Nafisa Naomi documented the ‘behind the scenes’ of the documentary with her camera and sketch book. The result is 80 incredible artworks from India and Africa that demonstrate the beauty of the elephant and their plight in a modern day world.
Nafisa donates most of the profits of her elephant art to Animal Works.
Click here to see the full collection.
A film by Animal Media Australia and Off the Fence
Twenty years on from the worldwide ban on the ivory trade, elephant populations in several African countries are now on the rise, causing some governments to reconsider culling. With more and more people and elephants competing for increasingly limited resources, a dramatic new problem has emerged that now threatens both species: human-elephant conflict.
On the other side of the world, in India, people go daily into battle with elephants, resulting in dozens of deaths on both sides. With deforestation on a massive scale, Asian elephants are running out of space and running out of time. People and elephants are now embroiled in a bitter struggle for survival, a war which neither side can win.
ART FOR ANIMALS
- In the last couple of years, Nafisa’s elephant and orangutan art combined with your generous elephant adoptions and donations has seen Animal Works raise over $20,000 for human-elephant conflict projects in Assam, India. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and supporters who continue to work tirelessly for this vital cause!