Many of the species I paint rely on support from wildlife conservation efforts, find out why, and how we can help below.
Great White Shark
Sharks are vital for maintaining a healthy ocean ecosystem as a top predator. Their unjustified reputation and human harvest continues to cost millions of sharks their lives every single year.
Opinions are divided when it comes to the conservation of this particular species of wolf. Nevertheless, wolves play a big part in shaping the environment they are part of, and they are needed to keep the ecosystem in balance.
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Some species fall victim to human exploitation more than others, and unfortunately the pangolin is at the top of the list. Trafficking and poaching for their meat and scales has driven their population close to extinction.
Green Sea Turtle
This bird species is part of an island ecosystem, which makes it highly susceptible to external interferences. Once thriving in numbers, I’iwi populations today are struggling. A variety of factors, such as introduced species and environmental changes threaten their survival.
Southern Bluefin Tuna
For this animal, extinction is around the corner. We harvest our food at an incredible rate and there may not be a better poster species to highlight this. Tuna are predators, essential in keeping populations of species down the trophic levels healthy – yet tuna populations are declining quicker than they can recover.
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No other species is as well known for its successful comeback than the bald eagle. Human interference with their environment, and directly upon individuals, almost resulted in the complete loss of the species.
Though they are small, hummingbirds fill such important niches in our ecosystems. Their physical adaptations are fascinating, yet this specialisation can make them extremely vulnerable to environmental changes.
American Painted Lady
One of the many benefits of these little helpers is the service of pollination they provide, the importance of which we shouldn’t underestimate, and highly depend upon.