This illustration shows nine of the many South African flora and fauna that are unfortunately on the IUCN red list of endangered species.
“Are you having a laugh?” Is a phrase/question often used by British comedian Ricky Gervais…it’s another way of saying “are you kidding me?” Or “are you serious?”…with a high pitched voice and strong tone.
Some of the creatures and skulls in this piece seem to be laughing… extinction is not at all funny but I really love the way that Ricky has used his platform as a comedian to voice his anger at animal abuse, often using vulgar and extreme language to get his point across. “Comedy is a medicine – a healing process that can help people get through difficult times and understand things better.” Ricky Gervais
My hope – through humor and interaction – is that you will walk away feeling a little ‘tickled’ while seeing a collection of species that are in danger and searching for the quotes. I hope that experience transforms into a willingness to understand more and do something yourself. Their trouble is our trouble!
Species included (left to right): Pom Pom Protea, Leopard (skull), African Wild Dog (3 adult and 1 x pup), Secretary Bird, Brenton Blue Butterfly, Quiver Tree, Pangolin, Cape Parrot, Bread Palm, Red Disa Orchid, Rhino (skull), African White Backed Vulture
Have a look through the magnifying glass for these quotes from famous British people that I like:
“Cherish the natural world because you are part of it and you depend on it.” Sir David Attenborough
“We are a plague on the Earth.” Sir David Attenborough
“The greatest privilege that comes with freedom of speech is using your voice for those who don’t have one.” Ricky Gervais
“Your parents don’t always know what’s right. It’s a new age.” Stormzy
“Take a picture not a trophy. This is how real men shoot animals.” Rickey Gervais
“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.” Jane Goodall
Materials used in the original piece: pencil, gouache & acrylic paint
A percentage from the sale of each print goes to Natures Valley Trust to assist with their valuable conservation efforts.