A friend of mine is helping to organise a project to raise awareness of endangered species through art (http://artfordotdotdot.wordpress.com/about/) Here are my contributions… I’m slightly ashamed to say that I had no idea the bactrian camel was even threatened, let alone critically endangered, until looking at the EDGE website. That breaks my heart a little because I love these weirdy beardy animals – have done since I saw the film ‘The Story of the Weeping Camel’, a Mongolian sort-of documentary about a white baby camel that gets rejected by its camel mum. Aaaargh it makes me want to cry just thinking about it!
This funny looking prosimian is a red slender loris, one of EDGE’s focal species. Lorises are seriously adorable and as such are at risk from the pet trade, like this slow loris has found out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdGV6JxXy9s&feature=related
Owning a loris is many kinds of evil, but…. lookatthecute! Hee.
Hewitt’s ghost frog, chosen for illustration mostly because I like their name – but I like frogs as well. Especially when they’re in that in-between tadpoley phase when they’re like mini frogs with tails. I used to try and catch them all the time.
The EDGE website has lots more information on the hundreds of plant and animal species threatened with extinction: http://www.edgeofexistence.org/