Commitment to Conservation

Silent Skies Mural

 

In 2017, The Artists for Conservation organization proposed to us, artists, a challenge; they provided a list of 697 worldwide endangered bird species and asked if we would choose the ones we would each like to represent by painting an 8" x 8" of that bird. The concept was brilliantly designed by Jeffrey Whitting, President of Artists for Conservation in Vancouver, B.C.

 

"Silent Skies" is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world. 160 AFC artists from 15 countries participated in the project. The 100-ft installation formed the artistic centerpiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress in August 2018 in Vancouver, BC, after which, the mural continues to tour internationally.

 

ORDER PRINTS

A limited number of 8 x 8 canvas giclee editions are available for purchase. Each print is $100 US + shipping with proceeds supporting bird conservation and environmental education.

Browse the collection below and click on BUY A PRINT to make your purchase. If you have any problems ordering prints below, please email us at festivalinfo@artistsforconservation.org.

https://festival.artistsforconservation.org/project/silent-skies

Elk Haven - Pine, Arizona

 

John and Cher have purchased a property in the mountains surrounded by the Tonto National Forest. These 40 acres were designated to become a subdivision with approximately 6 homes per 1/2 acre. This beautiful land is forested and is the safe haven for large herds of elk and deer as well as other animals including black bear, mountain lion, and javelina. Arizona suffered from a terrible drought that not only affected their resident wildlife but also threatened the very forest they live in. herds of animals arrived at this property these animals emaciated and dying of thirst. Having now purchased this land which includes a home where they will be spending summers, they have set up a watering and feeding system for the wildlife.  Not only will they be safe from hunters, but they will also have a food source and never run out of water. After a few weeks of feeding and watering approximately 35 animals at a time, counting three different elk herds, they began seeing newborns arrive and counted 11 babies that now all look fat and happy! "Every time I go to our new home, I see them arrive like clockwork and both John and I know that we made a small difference and prevented their land from being developed for housing. We want this to always be left natural and since it is surrounded on 3 sides by the forest, it will be a safe haven for them during hunting season. The elk are comfortable and spend the nights laying all over the property. We have visitors small and large partaking on leftovers and carrying off their treats and even have a resident black bear that is very fond of the fruit being grown for him"

 

Spanish Flatts, Chandler, Arizona

 

The Andersons own a 20-acre ranch in Chandler, Arizona that is quite unique in its purpose. On these grounds, there is a fully-functional research laboratory for nutrition for both human and animal consumption which has been the source of supplementation for many. John Anderson, being a world renown formulator, continues his work in his privately-owned lab and has created formulas for horses, giraffes, elephants and humans. 

A replica of the giraffe savannah at the Wildlife Park in Phoenix, Arizona was built to house rescued giraffes which have become a part of their family. The       square foot building has an inside facility and stables for the giraffes and is designed for quarantine and feeding purposes, being able to separate the giraffes while keeping them in contact with each other specially when there are new arrivals and they need to be kept apart from the herd. The building also contains 12 horse stables, 2 birthing stalls, an indoor arena, and Cher's photography studio. 

For approximately 10 years we have been proud to be a part of rescuing giraffes and have been key in the prevention of giraffe mortality in areas affected by West Nile Virus. Having lost a giraffe to the disease, the research was done in conjunction with the University of Arizona in Tucson and have discovered that the mosquitos carrying the virus could indeed infect giraffes by biting them in the tender skin of their eyes. Giraffe skin is approximately 3/4" and impenetrable by mosquito bites but in 2014, over 80 giraffes had died in Zoos and Wildlife parks without anyone knowing why. The virus was causing the giraffes to lose weight to the point of stopping their heart and they would die of heart failure. None of this was associated with West Nile Virus until we proved it and through a network of veterinarians, zookeepers and private owners we spread the word and we were the first to actually vaccinate a giraffe for the disease. We have rescued approximately 6 giraffes and had 2 born on the property. We have lost some due to diseases and parasites they carried with them from their provenance that had caused considerable internal damage before we were able to prevent their death but when they arrive they are fed, treated medically, supplemented with vitamins and minerals, loved and then integrated into existing herds to diversify the bloodlines in breeding programs in zoos and parks.

On Spanish Flatts, we have bred and raised 5 grant zebras, numerous camels, miniature Sicilian donkeys, horses, and many other farm animals and we continue our open-door policy to receive animals in need of a safe place to become healthy and strong again.

Black Winged Myna

Black Winged Myna

Yellow Cheeked Conure

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