Painter's Paradise
Written by Ava   

Just exquisite!

I found this painting by artist Ashley Cecil, while searching for sites on wildlife conservation of all things. Her paintings are not the only thing that sets her apart--it's also the way she effortlessly blends artwork and social activism. 

Like the way she drew this bird motif to call for awareness of the importance of animal conservation.

If can help the wildlife conservation movement, by communicating beautiful art--by all means Ashley, display, display, DISPLAY!!


36″ x 60″ oil on canvas.

Email ashley.cecil at for purchasing inquiries.

A donation from sold painting will be made to the Wildlife Conservation Society. See all artwork available for sale.

Ashley writes: For 114 years, the Wildlife Conversation Society has endeavored to preserve wildlife and wildlife habitats around the world through science, wildlife park management, environmental conservation and education.

Born To Be Wild?
Written by Ava   

Yes, the animals you are about to see are born to be wild and will make you say "AW", but they're also in danger of going extinct. 

Luckily, ZooBorns is here to up the cute factor and educate you on these beautiful babies at the same time.  ZooBorns is a group committed to keeping the cutest exotic animal babies safe and secure, while promoting animal conservation and delivering them to zoos and aquariums all over the world.

Run by animal lovers, one an artist, the other a zoology buff, ZooBorns is here to bring yout the latest and the cutest animal baby photos and of course, let you in on some animal conservation tips at the same time.  We know they've already started, so now it's your turn.

Paw-Talk was fortunate enough to speak to Andrew, the zoology buff, get a glimpse at the group, and hear about their upcoming ZooBorns book!) It's definitely going to be the most adorable one of the year!

Born Free
Written by Ava   

You could say it was their destiny.  As the UK's Born Free Foundation CEO and Born Free USA President Will Travers tells it, he always admired the Animal Protection Institute and when the opportunity came to have a closer relationship with the group, Will, along with the entire Born Free foundation jumped full force into the unknown--and has been admonishing the successes in animal conservation every since.

The Born Free Foundation was first founded in England by Will Travers and Virginia McKenna, while having been influenced by their time in Kenya.  Initially, they did it in lieu of the untimely death of an elephant named Pole Pole, but soon realized that much more needed to be done in light of wildlife conservation and animal protection.  And so they pushed full steam ahead with a sister organization in the US and subsequent coming together with the Animal Protection Institute.  

Now Born Free USA is one of the leading animal advocacy and wildlife conservation organizations in the country. Let its CEO, president, and leader tell you why! 

The Big Kitties
Written by Brian   

Whenever I visit the zoo there are always crowds around the big cat enclosures. Everyone loves lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, and cougars, and without fail someone always puts their child up to the glass and says "Look at the big kitties!"

But these "kitties" aren't like the ones back home. Each kind of big cat has been adapted by evolution in different ways to different habitats. They do share a lot in common with the domestic shorthairs that are playing at my feet as I write this introduction, but it is almost insulting to think of the world's remaining big cats as only "big kitties."

It is easy for people to do so in a place like a zoo. While the care zoos give to big cats in captivity has drastically improved during the last century, zoos are still places where we look at animals stripped of their wild nature. We admire their magnificence, yet a captive lion or tiger is just a shadow of their still-wild cousins. They are not tame, but neither are they wild. These photographs represent my attempts to distill some glimmers of wildness from the captive predators.

Eight of the Cutest Endangered Species
Written by Christie Lynn   

There are 8,470 species of animals on the IUCN’s RedList of threatened species that are vulnerable to extinction, and even more are at risk when we add subpopulations and regionally unique subspecies. We’re losing species at such a drastic rate that many biologists feel we’re in what is called a mass extinction event, one of only six in all of natural history. But what exactly are we losing? What animals are on the chopping block? Here are eight absolutely adorable creatures that might not be around much longer.

Testudo kleinmanni: Egyptian Tortoise

Tony Gentile/Reuters

Turtle Power
Written by Ava   

For the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, World Turtle Day (May 23)J this year was a celebration of epic proportions.  The Center was celebrating two big event--a day devoted to an animal that has great meaning for them AND the 2 year anniversary of the Center's grand opening.

The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, located near Jekyll Island, is devoted to conserving, caring for, and spreading awareness of the wild sea turtles that inhabit the beaches of Jekyll Island, Georgia.  The Center is also a marine turtle rehabilitation, research and education facility that provides emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles, while providing opportunities for scientific research and long-term treatment.

We had the chance to talk to Alicia B Marin, education coordinator, about her reasons for joining the Center and why the plight of the sea turtles is such a worthy cause.  


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