Through my artwork, I hope to promote the work of the Conservation groups I have supported for so many years, and help raise those 'much needed' funds to help with them with their work. Please take a moment to visit the websites of these important organisations.
THE GORILLA ORGANIZATION - An organisation dedicated to the conservation of the remaining 650 Mountain Gorillas. The Charity founded in 1978 by the pioneer of gorilla conservation, Dr. Dian. Fossey, has changed it's name to the Gorilla Organization (GO). Illegal poaching, war, disease transmission and encroachment by man are the main threats to the future survival of this most gentle and most powerful of the great apes. In 1967, Dr. Dian Fossey began a campaign to stop illegal poaching that undoubtedly saved the mountain gorillas from the brink of extinction. Two years before her death, Dian said "humans must decide now whether the mountain gorilla is going to be a species discovered and extinct in the same century". Through her hard work and determination, thankfully, this did not happen, but they are still one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Dr. Dian Fossey said the gorillas' future is above all dependent on the welfare of the people who share their common heritage. Working in partnership with local non-governmental organisations, supporting sustainable development, conservation, education and small scale business initiatives the fund, with continued support, can save the last mountain gorillas from extinction and improve the lives of those who share their natural heritage.
THE ORANGUTAN FOUNDATION - An organisation dedicated to the conservation of orangutans and their habitat. The Orangutan Foundation are concerned with many issues including; educational programmes, raising public awareness and the rescue and re:introduction of captive orangutans back into the wild. Habitat destruction; through illegal logging and permanent agriculture, is the biggest threat to the remaining red ape population. The survival of the orangutan and their rainforest is in grave danger of extinction.
BORN FREE - An international wildlife charity working with compassion to prevent cruelty, alleviate suffering and encourage everyone to treat all individual animals with respect. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and is dedicated to the conservation of rare species in their natural habitat, and the phasing out of traditional zoos.
JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE - UK - In 1960, 26 year old Jane Goodall arrived on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in East Africa to study the area's chimpanzee population. Janes profound scientific discoveries laid the foundation for all future primate studies. In 1977, Jane founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. Chimpanzees are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. They are highly intelligent, social apes, found only in Africa. Sadly though, while the number of human beings inhabiting the planet continues to grow, chimpanzee numbers are falling. They are threatened by hunting, loss of forests, and illegal capture. Many are still forced to lead miserable lives in squalid zoos or are kept confined in laboratories, the subjects of invasive medical experiments. The Jane Goodall Institute is working to prevent their extinction, through conservation, research and education.
APE ALLIANCE - An international coalition of organisations and individuals, working for the conservation and welfare of apes. The work is supported by grants from the Born Free Foundation and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Find out about the Great Apes - our relatives - and how you can help to save them from extinction.
THE BAT CONSERVATION TRUST - This is the UK's only organisation solely devoted to the conservation of bats and their habitats. It operates a dedicated national bat helpline which supports and provides information to people. It also supports a network of over 90 voluntary Bat Groups, running the National Bat Monitoring Programme. Campaigning for stronger measures for the protection of bats, the Bat Conservation Trust is at the forefront of bat research, project and survey method development, providing training for beginners and experts, it also has links with similar organisations internationally.
THE MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to caring for our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection for all marine life. We are celebrating our Silver Jubilee in the year 2008/09, 25 years of groundbreaking work to protect our sea life - from whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles, to fish, plankton, corals and crabs. MCS also has dedicated marine conservation programmes for Scotland and Wales.
PROJECT SEAHORSE - A marine conservation team, committed to conserving and managing seahorses, their relatives and their habitats while respecting human needs. Project Seahorse integrates many and varied initiatives in a flexible conservation programme. We collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders and partners to build capacity for conservation and to take action. Education is very important if conservation initiatives are to have long-lasting benefits. Project seahorse aims to introduce as many people as possible to seahorses, their relatives, their habitats, and their ecosystems and to marine conservation in general. Some of our most active work is in developing countries.
CHEETAH CONSERVATION FUND
Founded in 1990, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)'s mission is to be the internationally recognized centre of excellence in the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems. CCF will work with all stakeholders to develop best practices in research, education, and land use to benefit all species, including people.
WOODLAND TRUST - The UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to the protection of our native woodland heritage. By acquiring sites and campaigning for woodland, we aim to conserve, restore and re-establish native woodland to its former glory. Currently we own and care for over 1,000 woods, covering over 50,000 acres. On average for every new member paying just £2.50 per month we can protect and care for half an acre of native woodland.
LEAGUE AGAINST CRUEL SPORTS - Founded in 1924, the League Against Cruel Sports is at the forefront of the campaign to end hunting and coursing of wild animals. The League has already enjoyed considerable success in gaining legal protection for Britain's wildlife. The League Against Cruel Sports aim to end the brutality of bloodsports and secure full legal protection for all our wild mammals and birds.
BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION - Butterfly Conservation exists to protect our wild butterflies and their habitats. Habitat destruction has been and remains the greatest threat facing butterflies. British Butterfly Conservation has many roles to perform: Conservation, Surveys, Research, Education, Lobbying and Re-establishments. The ultimate goal is the restoration of a balanced countryside, with butterflies and other wildlife returned to the profusion they, and we, once enjoyed.
FRIENDS OF THE EARTH - An organisation that has campaigned on many issues including; climate change, waste disposal, recycling, transport and road systems, nuclear waste disposal and endangered species, in order to give us a cleaner, safer, fairer world. Today, toxic pollution and untested genetically engineered foods, excessive consumerism and companies which put their profits before people are issues that Friends Of The Earth will campaign hard on, on your behalf.
COMPASSION IN WORLD FARMING - Concerned with the animal welfare issues connected to the new systems of intensive farming that were becoming popular during the 1960's, dairy farmer Peter Roberts and his wife Anna, unable to convince major animal welfare societies to campaign against factory farming decided to do it themselves and Compassion in World Farming was born. CIWF campaign through peaceful protest and lobbying and by raising awareness of the issues of farm animal welfare.
GREENPEACE - Using non-violent confrontation to force change, Greenpeace continues to challenge the polluters and promote sustainable alternatives. Since 1971, Greenpeace has been at the forefront campaigning against issues such as; nuclear testing, whaling, the logging of ancient forests and the use of driftnets in European waters. An organisation that now has 2.6 million supporters in 158 countries; Greenpeace has consistently been a voice for people who want a cleaner, safer, greener world.
ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS - The RSPB works for a healthy environment rich in birds and wildlife; it depends on the support and generosity of others to make a difference. While the main public face of the RSPB is the creation and management of nature reserves, of which there are over 100, to help birds and other wildlife, it does an enormous amount of work 'behind the scenes'. This includes debating with and advising Government on a range of issues that affect us all. Farmland is an important habitat for many species of birds and other wildlife. Changes in farming methods over the last 50 years or so have had a serious impact on wildlife and the countryside but many farmers are willing to farm in ways which help wildlife. The RSPB seeks the best possible protection for the UK's designated wildlife sites, through improved legislation and stronger site safeguard.
PEOPLES TRUST FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES - The People's Trust takes on a whole range of projects for endangered and threatened species and their habitats all over the world, as well as here in the UK. This work varies enormously from project to project and can be research into conservation problems or practical conservation work in the field. PTES owns and manages two very different reserves, Briddlesford Woods on the Isle of Wight and Rough Hill orchard in Worcestershire. Many British mammals have suffered dramatic declines in numbers, particularly in the last century. If enough isn't done soon, extinction is not a question of if but when.
FAUNA & FLORA INTERNATIONAL - In 1903, a group of British naturalists and sportsmen in Africa founded the first international conservation society. Their aim was to safeguard the future of southern Africa's large mammal populations, which had declined alarmingly as a result of over-hunting and expanding settlement. Almost a century later, the direct descendant of that society, continues to reflect the pioneering spirit of its founders. Fauna & Flora International acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems world-wide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, are based on sound science and take account of human needs.