Membury artist paints to save the elephants

PUBLISHED: 07:03 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:14 10 August 2017

Emma Bowring with her painting of two orphaned African elephants entitled 'Blanket Mischief'.

Emma Bowring with her painting of two orphaned African elephants entitled 'Blanket Mischief'.

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Emma Bowring's latest work is being sold to protect Kenyan wildlife

An East Devon artist’s painting of two baby orphaned elephants is being sold to raise funds to help protect African wildlife.

The picture – ‘Blanket Mischief’ - has gone on show in Emma Bowring’s Lyme Regis gallery – Edwards and Parr - and is on sale for £2,500.

Emma, from Membury, has pledged to donate £1,500 from the sale to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust - one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

The painting can also be viewed on Emma’s website - www.emmabowring.co.uk - and limited edition prints are available with all the profits from their sale being donated to the Trust.

Emma said: “The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness. It embraces all measures that complement the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife, and at the heart of the DSWT’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has achieved world-wide acclaim through its hugely successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphan’s Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.

“My painting is of two of the orphans currently with the charity - Lasayen and Ndotto. There are full details of Lasayen and Ndotto’s rescue stories on my website. Although they are the best of friends, the painting shows Ndotto sneakily stealing Lasayen’s blanket!

“In the wild, baby elephants are sheltered from the wind, rain and sun by their loving and attentive elephant herd, kept warm from the cold of the night and cooled in the shadow of their mother from the harsh rays of the sun during the heat of the day.

“At a delicate age all infant elephants are extremely vulnerable to changing weather and temperature conditions and are highly susceptible to pneumonia, which claims many young elephant orphans’ lives. So to ensure each orphan’s health, comfort and well-being, the keepers are armed with a secret weapon – a soft fluffy blanket!”

* The title for the painting – ‘Blanket Mischief’, came from Edwin Lusichi, Project Manager at the Nairobi Orphan Nursery, who has worked there for over 17 years.

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