I have taken so many photographs over the years, mostly of wildlife, and mostly during my time working in the bush. i either use the photo's as references or mess around with them to find fresh ways of seeing wildlife. wildlife and the conservation thereof is very close to my heart. often, when i draw or mess around with my photo's, i am frustrated by not having enough technical know-how (by that i mean in execution, not just in digital tech) to make the idea in my head come to life. this is another idea i am playing around with, although it feels more a work in progress at the moment. i would really hope that i find a way to raise awareness for our wildlife through my art and photography.
a bit about this one:
endangered species : temminck’s ground pangolin (smutsia temminckii)
one of four species of african pangolin, this one is the only one found in south africa.
they are unique as they are covered in scales – keratin, just like our fingernails – that overlap, and are the only mammal that has this characteristic. when threatened they will roll into a ball and rely on their scales for protection.
at night mostly, they eat termites and ants, using their long sticky tongue and large front claws to aid this. they are also known as the ‘scaly anteater’.
pangolins the world over are under threat due to poaching to supply the wildlife trade. not just their scales, or their meat but live animals are trafficked with minimal jail time to poachers not being a big deterrent. they are being eaten into extinction.
There should be no differentiation in punishment/sentences given for crimes against animals, as they are given for crimes against humans. we are both sentient beings. we both deserve to live in peace and harmony. if anything, animals have earned way more right to be here than us. they only take what they need to survive and they don't damage or trash the planet. we continually upset nature's balance and then complain when animals stroll into our territory, suburbs for food or destroy our property. we k**l wolves causing elk numbers to increase. they ravish the treescapes, we then complain about flooding (less trees, more floods)! education in conservation should be compulsory. we shouldn't have to be signing hundreds of petitions each year to protect our wildlife. it should be a given! iceland should not be advertising whale sight-seeing trips and then allowing the slaughter of them on their shores. where's the logic or integrity in that? we need to educate our children from a young age about respecting all life on earth and teaching them that there is no room for superiority. i'm looking forward to seeing how we progress over the next 10-20 years with animal welfare and conservation. we all need to be on the same page with this. there is no grey area! if we keep hunting/killing animals from the top of the food chain and damaging their habitats, our oceans and landscapes won't be able to repair themselves or find any equilibrium. let's help nature do what she does best! 🐋🦈🐬🐻🦁🐯 #conserve#protect#respect#petition#laws#educate#children#progress#climatechange#extinction#oceans#lands#foodchain#huntingisnotasport#iftheoddsarenoteven#animalwelfare#environment#restorebalance#peace#harmony #equilibrium#bekind#beproactive#supportlocalcauses#wecanallhelp#igottwostrongarms#icanhelp 😊🎵🎶🎵🎶