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Happy World Wildlife Day 2023!
For this World Wildlife Day, I am pleased to be sharing some of my favorite inspirations behind the Wildlife Jewels® collection. I have been inspired by wildlife since I first started observing and drawing them at age 4. Not only are Wildlife incredibly beautiful full of stunning details, they are also superheroes and source of inspiration for cutting edge innovations, technologies, and tools that we rely on.
Sadly, Wildlife are in crisis and need our help. They are disappearing at an alarming rate, due to legal and illegal human activities such as poaching, hunting, overfishing, human-wildlife conflict, petrochemical pollution, habitat destruction, and so much more. It will need all of our collaborative efforts to reduce the threats to wildlife and to help save wildlife from extinction.
I am delighted to be hosting the World Wildlife Day Panel titled: How to Save Wildlife from Extinction Through Strategic Partnerships. Please join me and 5 expert panelists tomorrow and discover ways you can help protect wildlife from extinction.
The Wildlife Jewels® Wildlife Inspirations
For this World Wildlife Day, I would like to feature some of my favorite wildlife inspirations who are among millions of wildlife who urgently need our help.
From the Rhino, Persian Cheetah, Elephant, Pangolin, to Sea Turtle, Birds of Paradise, California Brown Pelicans, Western Gull, Burrowing Owl, Sea Lions, Elegant Terns, and many more. All the wildlife featured are precious, yet they are either extinct or under severe threat due to human caused activities such as poaching, hunting, illegal wildlife trade, habitat destruction, fishing gear, petrochemical pollution, and so much more.
About the original Painting: The majestic “Turquoise The Persian Cheetah” is painted on canvas in a proud and powerful pose, and is decorated with a crown and jewels inspired by ancient Persian motifs. Painting size is 36" x 48" Acrylic Paint on canvas.
About The Persian Cheetah: These beautiful cheetahs are Critically Endangered and need our help more than ever. Less than 12 are known to be remaining in the wild in Iran’s central plateau.
What is causing the Persian Cheetah to become extinct?
Cars, poachers and local herders are currently the biggest threats facing the subspecies, according to conservationists.
"Between 2001 and 2012, at least 33 cats were killed by people and their vehicles. Poachers and livestock herders (and their large, aggressive herd dogs) killed the most cheetahs, followed by collisions on roads."
About the Spix's Macaw: Spix’s is a majestic Macaw native to Brazil. They are known for their incredible blue color variations, their gorgeous head crown and their beautiful long tail feathers. Macaws are extremely emotional and are known to be as smart as a 5 year old child; they can live up to 40 years.
Spix’s Macaw is by far the rarest Macaw. Sadly due to hunting, their population has had massive decline, they were known to be extinct in the wild.
The destruction of habitat due to human influences, as well as illegal wildlife trade has been the main cause for the extinction of these beautiful species.
About the original Painting: The beautiful “Sapphire the Spix's Macaw” is painted on white paper in an elegant and proud pose, and is decorated with a jewels inspired by ancient motifs and details of sealife. Painting size is 24" x 48" Acrylic Paint on paper.
About Black Sicklebill the Bird of Paradise: Black sicklebill birds of paradise are stunning birds from rainforests of New Guinea. They are the second longest bird of paradise species and measure about 43 inches in length with the tail and around 24 inches without the tail.
These gorgeous hidden gems are severely threatened due to deforestation and hunting specially for their colorful feathers and most people around the world don't even know they exist.
About the original Painting: The majestic “Black Opal the Sicklebill Bird of Paradise” is painted on white paper in an elegant pose, and is decorated with jewels inspired by ancient motifs and intricate patterns of sealife. Painting size is 24" x 48" Acrylic Paint on canvas.
About the Wildlife Jewels Collection: A striking collection including couture gowns, dresses, and resort wear taking inspiration from rare and precious wildlife, aiming to protect wildlife.
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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. — Albert Einstein