This shop is aimed at supporting Painted Dogs (Lycaon Pictus) in Africa. Fewer than 5000 of these creatures remain in the world. Along with Ethiopian Wolves (Canis Simensis – who number only 500 worldwide) they are the most endangered carnivores on the planet.
There are fewer Painted Dogs or Ethiopian Wolves remaining than there are Rhinos. 99% of the species has been wiped out by human impact during the past 100 years.
25% of profits from artworks sold will be donated to Painted Dog Conservation.
“The purpose of Painted Dog Conservation is to create an environment where the African wild dogs can thrive. We do this by focussing on changing lives; one life at a time, one day at a time. That can be a child who attends our world class children’s Bush Camp programme, who suitably inspired has poachers arrested in her village and who goes on to take up a career as an environmental journalist, writing provocative stories about the conservation challenges we face. Or it can be the life of an African wild dog puppy, orphaned after poachers killed the rest of the pack. An orphan that we raise in our rehabilitation facility and then release back into the wild for her to become and alpha female and produce more than 50 pups of her own.
The challenges we face on a daily basis are great and seemingly neverending. However our wide ranging Education and Community Development programmes are having an impact and we have reached a tipping point where peoples’ attitudes have changed and we are seeing the necessary behavioural change that will make a lasting difference to our conservation efforts and the wildlife around us. Impoverished local villagers accepting the predation of a goat as an insignificant loss when compared to the benefits they receive from Painted Dog Conservation, from the African wild dogs themselves. A forty-strong volunteer anti-poaching unit established after an African wild dog was found dead in a snare near their village.
Such decisive action goes a long way to creating that desired for environment where the African wild dogs can thrive. And if the African wild dogs are thriving you can be assured that there is balance in the ecosystem and thus all species are thriving.“
Painted Dog Conservation
Amy Tiffany Hemingway is a British Symbolist Artist.
Masters in Theology – University of Oxford
Life Drawing – Ruskin School of Art, Oxford
2001-2010 – Archaeological Illustrator, UK & France
2015 – Visions II, East London, South Africa
2014 – Shamanic Dreams, HA Gallery, UK
2014 – Visions I, I Love My Laundry, Cape Town, SA
2014 – Six Petalled, Ann Bryant Gallery, East London, SA
2008 – Moody Rouge, Aart Ltd, The Jam Factory, UK
2007 – Landscapes: Human & Divine, Regent’s Park College Chapel &
Grounds, University of Oxford