WCS Run for the Wild (Donate and get art prints)(News)

Posted: April 23, 2012 in News, Promo
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Raising Funds for a 5k run I’m doing this Saturday. Please donate by Thursday April 26th to ensure you get your art gifts.

Here’s the deal:

  1. I’ve been working on a painting to make prints of as a gift for those who donate (unfortunately not done yet due to work). The painting is an image of both a male lion with a cub, and a female lion with cub. Scans have been taken of the sketch before painting so you will be able to choose what you’d like.
  2. The donation and gift works like this. For a $10 donation you get your choice of a postcard sized print signed by yours truly of either the Male w Cub, or the Female w Cub. For $20 you get either both cards, OR a print of the whole piece (print size will be either 8.5″ x 11″ or if I can find a good printer for it 11″x 14″). $30 gets you all three, and anything above $35 gets you a copy of the original drawing before painting as well. Willing to offer $5 postcards of the sketched figures for anyone who wants to donate but can’t really fund it.
  3. So, how this works is: Click this link, make your donation. Use your name (don’t donate anonymously). and then send me an email at J@JamesGroeling.com with your name and donation amount, as well as a mailing address or other form of contact so I can get the pieces to you. Please donate by Thursday April 26th to get this benefit deal. After Thursday April 26th you must email me in advance if interested in these pieces as I’m only printing a limited quantity.
  4. Once the piece is finished (First week of May), I will email you a page with image links of the final products, and you can pick which ones you want from your donation total.Donate please as it’s for a good cause and you’ll get some cool art out of the deal.
    (feel free to share this post, thanks)

Donations Here

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From WCS’s site explaining what they’re doing to protect these animals and what the funds are being used for.

Icons of the savanna and symbols of strength, lions live large in culture and nature alike. The most social of all the big cats, they form matriarchal groups called prides, which include a number of related lionesses and their cubs, plus two or three males who are often brothers. The pride hunts together, plays together, and roams together, prowling over wide expanses to support their hearty appetites. Situated at the top of the food chain, they play an important role in all the ecosystems where they live.

But despite their powerful reputations, wild lions are losing ground everywhere. Scientists estimate that not long ago 200,000 lions roamed Africa and Asia, but today fewer than 30,000 remain. Over the last 50 years, their range has collapsed catastrophically to a relatively small number of countries and protected areas. The lions of Asia have been all but wiped out: today, Asiatic lions hang on in a single reserve, the Gir Forest in India. North Africa lost all of their lions a century ago and the cats have been steadily disappearing since, particularly in West and Central African countries. In the next 10 years, conservationists worry they could vanish from previous strongholds in Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda, too—a country that counts on them as a major tourist draw and a boon to the developing economy.  There are few places conservationists would consider lions safe.

What WCS is Doing

What WCS is Doing

The greatest threats to lions include habitat loss and hunting by rural communities who consider the big cats a threat to livestock. In order to protect their cattle and sheep, herders poison prey carcasses with pesticides to lure lions into a final, fateful meal. To help change attitudes and ensure local livelihoods, WCS collaborates with grassroots projects designed to restore tolerance for lions and assist herders with simple methods to safeguard their livestock. By using GPS collars to track the range and habits of individual lions in places such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, and Nigeria’s Yankari National Park, we also advise herders about areas to avoid in order to prevent contact with lions.

In addition, WCS works to ensure that people who share their home turf with lions can co-exist comfortably with the cats. To achieve this, we help local communities benefit from eco-tourism dollars, regulate the areas where livestock range into protected lion territory, and provide veterinary care for domestic animals. Currently, we are working to create alternative livelihood opportunities as incentives for poachers to join conservation efforts and cease illegal hunting of lions and prey. We also support enforcement patrols in the parks where lions reside.

How You Can Help

How You Can Help

Saving lions in the wild takes steady, collaborative work, and your pledges and donations are helping to make it possible. Your contributions will help us reduce human-lion conflict and monitor and protect the big cats in some of their last holdouts, including Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve—home to East Africa’s largest lion population. There’s much more you can do to help lions and other imperiled animals around the globe and at the Bronx Zoo and when you join us in our fight and donate now

Donations Here

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