The Danger of Extinction
Hundreds of African animals are killed every day by poachers, snares and habitat loss. Many of these species are threatened or in danger of extinction. At the same time, Africa's human population is growing at a rapid rate, putting enormous pressure on animal habitats. It is estimated that by the year 2050, many of Africa's most important species - elephants, Rhinos, Lions and Painted dogs -will be, essentially ,extinct in their native habitats!
For humans and wildlife in Africa to coexist, local people will need to make a serious commitment to wildlife conservation.This will change only by educating children, and building a culture of protecting these animals and changing attitudes about the important role animals play in Africa's heritage and future.Our goal is to reach these kids and change the future of wildlife in Africa by using the magic of art and creativity to ignite their passion for protecting wildlife.These children crave education and Art education is almost unknown in their schools.
Hundreds of elephants are killed and maimed each day by poachers and snares
It will be up to Africa's children to stop the illegal use of wire snares and the killing of Africa's wildlife
Our new Arts For Animals wildlife Center in Zimbabwe
In May 2016, we moved out of our temporary art center building and into the new building we built specifically for art and conservation education classes
African children have little or no art or creativity in their lives
Our mission is to connect creativity with conservation by using the enthusiasm of children learning to draw to transfer over to creating enthusiasm for saving their wildlife. Often this is their first exposure to art!
African Children love art
These posters help them bring conservation messages home to their local village,family and friends
By providing important Art elements and materials ,we help other programs achieve maximum success.
Our "Animal Protector"program and our Poster program have been well received by the children.
Working with established programs like Painted Dog Conservation
Painted dog bush camps reach over 1000 children each year and our programs enhance the work they are doing.
Assisting Conservation programs Through Art Education
While Africans have used art for thousands of years to express their culture, preserve traditions and record history, many African children today have little exposure to art and the significance it can have in their lives. Arts for Animals builds upon children's natural interest in expressing themselves creatively by teaching the importance of both wildlife and art in their communities. Arts for Animals provides art supplies, lessons and examples to help African children express their spirit of creativity. Our new wildlife center is reaching hundreds of kids each year with the message of preserving their wildlife for the benefit of their futures and the future of their children.
Even more children will be reached by our "Conservation Education Partners" all over Africa.
For example, Painted Dog Conservation Bush camps educate and motivate over a thousand children each year. Our drawing kits, teacher lesson plans,posters and "Animal Protector" wristbands have become an intrinsic part of their curriculum . It is through partnerships like this that ARTS FOR ANIMALS will influence the most children.
How You Can Help
Last year, poachers killed over 1,250 Rhinos in South Africa alone and ,each day ,hundreds Elephants,Lions,Cheetahs and Rhinos are being killed by uneducated Africans. At this rate, it is estimated that Africa will be empty of elephants, lions, rhinos and other important animals by the year 2050.
Decades of conservation studies have taught us that we need to protect these animals where they exist naturally, and we can do this only by teaching and incentivizing African communities to become stewards of wildlife populations and protectors of all wild animals.The Key lies in the hearts of African children. And the time is NOW, before it's too late!
With your support, we can ignite creativity in African children, help them foster a love and respect of wildlife and give them the tools to change the future of African wildlife .
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