Banksy’s Truck Full of Wailing Toy Animals Turns Up at Glastonbury

Let’s go back to slow food, locally produced and ethically treated! Such as the indigenous Nguni cattle which are hardy and happy animals of the South East Lowveld of Zimbabwe! PLEASE!

Banksy’s Truck Full of Wailing Toy Animals Turns Up at Glastonbury:

Artnet Article by Benjamin Sutton:

http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/banksys-truck-full-of-wailing-toy-animals-turns-up-at-glastonbury-49185

One of the most memorable works from British street artist Banky‘s New York City “residency,” the meat company truck filled with screaming plush animal toys dubbed Sirens of the Lambs, has hopped the pond and turned up in the UK at the Glastonbury music festival, the Telegraph reports.

According to the artist, the piece’s British version—which is being driven by a man in farming clothes and features a converted Somerset farm truck, after the original was impounded by the NYPD—features “25 percent more terror” than the New York edition, which first appeared, appropriately enough, in the city’s Meatpacking District.

“Is it some kind of animal rights thing?,” Glastonbury festival organizer Michael Evins asked the Telegraph. “I’m not sure about it. Our cows are actually very happy, they have the highest milk yield in the county.”

The truck is due to make appearances around lunch and dinner times throughout the rest of the festival, which runs through June 29.

For updates on the Glastonbury story, visit:

http://www.streetartnews.net/2014/06/banksy-sirens-of-lambs-for-glastonbury.html

This is the truck which is attending Glastonbury:
(Note the 25% more gritty, realistic look of the wailing toys!)

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This below is the truck impounded by the NYPD:
While “The Sirens of the Lambs” is, at first glance, quite comedic, it also makes a social commentary about the horrors of the livestock industry…….

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Labeling on the truck…

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Wailing animals….

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Jacada Travel talks to Clive Stockil about communities and conservation…

Interview with the award-winning conservationist pioneer, Clive Stockil –

http://www.jacadatravel.com/articles/interview-award-winning-conservationist-pioneer-clive-stockil/9992

Whether in a dinner jacket………….

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Or in his more normal bush attire…….

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Clive Stockil stands for Conservation……

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And Communities in equal measure…….

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Sabi Stars and Chilo Gorge Gardens, Xerophytica Congress and Aloes…

Adenium obesum is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, that is native to the Sahel regions, south of the Sahara (from Mauritania and Senegal to Sudan), and tropical and subtropical eastern and southern Africa and Arabia. Common names include Sabi star, kudu, mock azalea, impala lily and desert rose.

The swollen, twisted stems and large bright flowers of this fascinating plant are eye-catching.
Bean-like seed pods, when fully ripe on the plant, split open -revealing seeds with beautiful “wings” so that seeds can blow away.
The leaves are glossy green, semi-deciduous, spirally arranged, clustered toward the tips of the shoots, simple, entire, leathery in texture, 5-15 cm long and 1-8 cm broad.

Adenium obesum ssp.swazicum is a sub species from Natal in South Africa and Swaziland. Flowers dark pink to red, in summertime…..

Adenium obesum ssp.multiflorum is the subspecies which occurs in Zimbabwe, growing in profusion at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.
This, our “Sabi star”, is the most beautiful flower of all the subspecies, a “white star on a pink background”. The plant flowers now, during our Winter, needing a period of dryness for flowering in abundance.

At Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, these gorgeous plants flower in profusion, and the starry pink flowers of the Sabi Stars are stunning against a cobalt blue sky…

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The Xerophytica Congress in Zimbabwe will be a gathering of local and international experts and enthusiasts…..celebrating plants such as the Sabi Star, Aloes, Strelitzias….

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I will show my artwork at the Congress….

“Strelitzia”- acrylic on canvas by Lin Barrie:

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Lin Barrie, Artist, Xerophytica Congress:

I received a Fine Art Diploma in print making at Durban Technikon in 1980, and pursue my passions (Painting, Conservation and Culture), from the wilderness home that I share with Clive Stockil in the Save Valley Conservancy, and from my Harare Studio at 214 Brooke Drive, Borrowdale Brooke Estate, (partly burnt in a recent house fire, but still functioning!). Together with my father Arthur Barrie, I have recently landscaped the gardens at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge with water-wise indigenous plants.

I mostly work in the field, capturing the initial essence of a landscape, animal, tree or flower with a sketch. I sometimes also take a sample of the plant, (if not rare or protected,) back to my bush studio to work from. Sabi Stars, Aloes, Crinums, Stapelias, Sansevierias, Euphorbias and Baobabs are at my fingertips in the Lowveld…..I can spend hours on them in my gardens and the surrounding bush.

I have a science background from schooldays, so I do love the detail, function and structure of plants. Looking closely into the detail of a flower can become an abstract art work in itself!

Email: linbarrie@gmail.com
Mobile: 0772922148 or 0772 219204
Studio Landline: 04 860508

Lin Barrie Art -for updates and catalogue, visit my blog page, ‘Art by Lin Barrie’:

https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/art/

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge website:

http://www.chilogorge.com/

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Recipe: Non-Bake Amarula Cheesecake!

wineandwilddogs:

Check out a delicious food hit, using African Amarula liqueur…yum

Originally posted on Smitten Glutton:

nbcc28 It takes a bit of shamelessness to describe one’s recipe as perfect, but I would think this particular Non-Bake Amarula Cheesecake recipe is pretty much foolproof on EVERY.SINGLE.LEVEL. As suggested from its name, no baking is required – making this fuss-free and easy! I personally regard this as one of my most well-received and successful bakes (well, it’s technically NOT baked but you get the idea), which is why I am really excited to share this recipe!

In case you didn’t know, Amarula is a trademark South African cream liqueur. Texture-wise, just like Bailey’s Irish Cream, but its taste has a more fruity kick which I really enjoy. Of course, if you don’t have Amarula on hand, you can always substitute it with Bailey’s/any other liqueur, or simply omit the alcohol entirely for a classic original non-bake cheesecake.

As with all my other recipes, this one will be guided with step-by-step…

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Frankfurt Zoo and Gonarezhou Conservation Project; Wild dogs and predators

The Frankfurt Zoo has heartwarming initiatives in Gonarezhou National Park….which is part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park….

GLTP map

GLTP map

 

follow this link for general news……

Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt- Gonarezhou Conservation Project.

here is Hugo van der Westhuizen and a scout

hugo and de snaring team

hugo and de snaring team

team, with recovered snares….

 

Plus read this excerpt from African Wildlife Conservation Fund facebook page , to get an update on African Wild dogs and predators in Gonarezhou

AWCF’s work featured!
Predators on the up in Gonarezhou!Research by the African Wildlife Conservation Fund team in Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe indicates that predator populations are recovering strongly after years of depletion..

Rosemary Groom searching for signal from collared wild dogs in Gonarezhou

Rosemary Groom searching for signal from collared wild dogs in Gonarezhou

Gonarezhou is a beautiful 5,000 km2 wilderness in Zimbabwe’s South East Lowveld. Gonarezhou has long been the forgotten son of the Zim parks network receiving little attention from tourists and inadequate funding for conservation. This is despite Gonarezhou forming part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area and lying close to Kruger National Park, one of the most visited parks in Africa. Wildlife populations in Gonarezhou were devastated by a drought in 1991-1992 and then suffered from many years of under-funding. Wildlife populations remained at very low levels for many years due to ongoing poaching for bushmeat and other human threats.

In 2007, however, prospects for conservation improved dramatically. Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority signed an MOU for co-management of the park. This provided a much needed injection of funding and technical capacity to assist ZPWMA’s efforts in the park. FZS’s support includes (among many other things) providing rigorous scout training, introducing an improved radio network, providing vehicles and fuel, improving maintenance of vehicles and roads, and establishing partial fencing to reduce human encroachment in the park. Since then there has been a sustained recovery in wildlife populations in the park, including for large predators.

African Wildlife Conservation Fund works to understand and conserve the populations of large carnivores in the park and adjacent areas. Led by Dr Rosemary Groom, and her trusted side-kick Rueben Bote, the AWCF team conducts annual spoor counts to determine population trends in the park, and has fitted some collars onto carefully selected wild dog packs and lion groups in order to investigate transboundary movements by these species.

The latest census indicated that predator numbers in the park are recovering steadily. Wild dog numbers are up to 105 individuals from 24 in 2009. Cheetahs increased from 16 to 82 in the same period, lions from 24 to 59, leopards from 194 to 344 and spotted hyaenas from 311 to 580. In addition to monitoring predators, the AWCF team conducts conservation education and community outreach, and is working to address threats to predators. Please take a look at their Facebook page and learn more about the great work they are doing.

https://www.facebook.com/AfricanWildlifeConservationFund?ref=hl

Gonarezhou is an incredible place. The park has a special wilderness feel that is so rare these days. The Chilojo cliffs form a spectacular centre-piece to the park and increasingly, visitors can expect to see impressive quantities and diversity of wildlife, including species that are not common in many other parts of the region, including bat eared foxes, suni, nyala, and pangolins. And elephants. Lots of elephants. In the context of the poaching crisis of today, it is reassuring to know that Gonarezhou, the Place of Elephants, truly lives up to its name.

The success of Gonarezhou is particularly impressive given the troubled political and economic context of Zimbabwe in recent years. Congrats to FZS and ZPWMA, and to the AWCF team for the hard work done in one of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful corners..

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Birding and Impalas; Predators and Art…

Clive Stockil and I have helped to host some wonderful guests at Chilo Gorge and in Gonarezhou Park over the last few weeks.

It has been a very busy time, with Safari guides Thomas Mutombeni, Lionel Muzengi, John Laing, Clive and Terry Anders working extremely hard to give the guests memorable bush experiences.
Every day has been an adventure, starting with a walk or poling across the Runde river to climb into Safari vehicles and explore our pristine wilderness.

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Our Safari experiences have been as varied and as wonderful as our guests, and have included some special birds….

Red Billed hornbill by Gwen Wawn….

Red billed hornbill by Gwen Wawn

Red billed hornbill by Gwen Wawn

Can not resist, must add another red billed hornbill by Gwen, her photography is superb…

Hornbill portrait

Hornbill portrait

Each morning I wake early to walk the Chilo gardens and chat with the gardeners …what a joy it is to plan and improve these gorgeous spaces on an ongoing basis. The bonus is that I hear so many birds all before 5.30 am! From my bed I hear the Natal spurfowl, Ground hornbills, Fiery necked nightjars,  Fish eagles, Whistling ducks, guinea fowl, Red eyed turtle doves, coucals, Pearl spotted owlet…all greeting the dawn. A young baboon yells from his tree roost downriver…disciplined for waking too early perhaps…!
Good friend and fellow naturalist,   Dave Dell (of Strachans Photography in Harare) has supplied me with this image of a fish eagle…..

fish eagle by Dave Dell

fish eagle by Dave Dell

As I stand on the verandah of my room, I am amused by the un-neighbourly antics of the various pairs of Egyptian geese, who fly past each others territories honking loudly, males challenging each other to engage in battle, with their loud ladies egging them on!

Have not heard the special Pels fishing owls for a while, perhaps they will start calling again with winter coming. Walking the garden pathways, I come across Bleating bush warbler, Sombre bulbul, Red capped robin, grey and trumpeter hornbills, and the cherry on the cake is that sometimes I catch the elephant bulls crossing the river downstream, whilst sipping my cup of fresh-filtered, locally grown La Lucie coffee.

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The river is slowly receding as the weather dries out and we approach our glorious winter season of dry warm days and cool nights. With the falling water, some plump hippo mamas and a baby have taken to lolling on the more exposed sandbank, right below the breakfast deck! The resident bull hippo is very attentive to one of the ladies…

hippos- a  sketch by Lin Barrie

hippos- a sketch by Lin Barrie

As a digression from birds, I must mention the drama that is being enacted in the bush as I write this…the rutting season is in full swing, with fierce Impala rams snorting and clashing over possession of groups of females, their ‘harems’…..
These two males in the photograph, captured by Chatty Dobson, ignored us until they were almost on top of us, broke away and dashed around us to continue fighting beyond us!
They have often been known to fight to the death………maybe Chatty’s boyfriend, Patrick Mavros junior, will be inspired to create a silver sculpture of fighting  impalas!

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The baobabs of Gonarezhou are legendary in shape, colour and size, and they always host a multitude of interesting birds, reptiles and mammals…my favourite being the two species of parrot that we are lucky to have, the large and endangered Grey-headed parrots and the smaller Brown-headed parrots, both of whom are dependant on holes in baobabs for their nests. They breed in the dry winter season, and so at this time of the year I am on the look out for their nests, peering into every baobab we pass…..
We stop to look at some late season baobab flowers on a magnificent tree near the Runde River, and I spot a Brown-headed parrot reclining, dog-like, at the entrance to its nest- a parrot siesta!

Clive’s photo of Brown headed parrots…………

Brown-headed Parrots

Brown-headed Parrots

A subsequent bush drive with Ross Kennedy of Africa Albida Tourism, and his delightful family, reveals our resident herd of magnificent buffalo and a huge Kori Bustard strolling along the road near the Runde River. I stand to be corrected but I think this is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world.

Due to our heavy rains this season, the inland pans dotted like jewels between the Save and Runde Rivers, which would normally be drying up by now, are still full and occupied by numerous water birds such as jacanas, ibises, storks, herons, egrets, geese and Knob billed ducks.

Knob-billed duck

Knob-billed duck

On one stop at Tembweharta Pan, we see yellow- billed storks, African spoonbills, grey headed heron, all the ducks, jacanas, and so many more…no sign today of the flamingos or pelicans which sometimes find their way her, en route between the Indian ocean and Botswana…

Other smaller  pans are starry with ethereal blue water lilies. (Special little Pygmy geese are to be found among these water lilies, if one is lucky!)

One of my sketches of White faced ducks and lilies….

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A few days later, Clive and I move on to stay at Chipinda Pools Tented Camp with Gwen Wawn, who runs Safaris 4 Africa. An avid naturalist and photographer Gwen is one of Zimbabwe’s most experienced inbound tour operators, and a great supporter of Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. Driving through Sililojo Loop road with Gwen and friends, we hear a vociferous pair of Grey-headed parrots circling a baobab. On walking around the tree we discover the hole that they are claiming….and are treated to close views of them as they cheekily perch right above us, the female displaying her characteristic red forehead, and both of them with gorgeous red flashes on their wings. A honeymoon couple who mate for life…..

Here are Gwen’s fabulous photos of these birds…

Female Grey headed parrot by Gwen Wawn

Female Grey headed parrot by Gwen Wawn

and another…………

Female Grey headed parrot by Gwen Wawn

Female Grey headed parrot by Gwen Wawn

 

Derek and Sarah Solomon of Kuyimba Trading are staying at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, with a group of 22 American guests who are enjoying one of their superb inter-Africa tours.

On their request, on evening Clive shares video clips and the story of his Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa, an honour conferred on him by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, at a glittering event in London last year, hosted by Tusk Trust

The Duke of Cambridge makes meaningful committments to Conservation worldwide…He is president of United for Wildlife, and He joined the United for Wildlife organisations on the 12 February 2014 at the symposium hosted by the Zoological Society of London to discuss the coordinated international effort that is required to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

We eagerly look forward to finding out the winner of the meaningful Tusk Awards in 2014, spearheaded by Prince William and Tusk.

Meanwhile the Award wears Clive Stockil’s hat……..!

The Prince William Award wears Clive's hat

The Prince William Award wears Clive’s hat

Here is Derek’s great photo of a Grey headed female parrot, flashing her red epaulettes……

Female Grey-headed parrot

Female Grey-headed parrot

Terry gives his safari group a close up elephant experience, a group of cows with babies, which has everybody gasping with joy, and Thomas finds a Collared palm thrush in the Ilala palm forest, to show his delighted birding guests.

Back in the park, on our Sililojo Loop drive, we find a group of four young lions eying up potential meals of zebra and wildebeeste.

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Because it is daylight, the lions are wary of us, staring from a distance then evaporating into the densely wooded landscape. Warthog also abound, tails up and speeding all over the place. They have to be fast……they are favourite lion food!

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Next stop is Chilojo Cliffs for spectacular red and pink sandstone views. This winter season in Zimbabwe is nesting time for many raptors, and we have great aerial views of the pair of Black Eagles which nest at the Chilojo Cliffs. Clive even identifies the female eagle perched on the edge of her distant cliff-side nest, with binoculars! Paired for life, they will be mating and preparing the nest for eggs….

Chilojo Cliffs...

Chilojo Cliffs…

We are excited to spot a pair of rarely-sighted White-headed Vultures soaring and interacting above us, plus a pair of Lappet-faced vultures. White backed vultures are more common, nesting in their dozens along the ridge of baobabs near Tembwehata Pan. Vultures and opportunistic scavengers such as Bateleur Eagles and Ground Hornbills, are severely threatened due to use of poisons, both deliberate, (to trade for body parts), and accidental ( as a knock on effect from agricultural pesticides). Check out latest facts on vulture threats at Vulpro, managed by Kerri Wolter, who is dedicated to the well-being of these vital birds. Kerri was a nominee for the Tusk Conservation Awards in 2013.

Here is Clive’s photograph of a white backed vulture in Gonarezhou National Park……

White-backed vulture

White-backed vulture

Black storks also nest in pairs on the cliffs, and we have high populations of this rare bird. On a game drive from Chilo Gorge we have recently seen a group of eleven Black storks gathered on a sand bank of the Runde River…an unusually large number! Very special.

We watch three Hammerkops flying indignantly around our tent on the edge of the river at Chipinda Pools Tented Camp. They seem to be trying to scare us away from their huge nest- a stack of twigs added on to over years, and wedged in the fork of the large tree overhanging the Runde River. They then fly off to a reed mass on a river island , and we see them mating. They will lay eggs soon.

hammerkop

hammerkop

The same huge nest is the object of interest for a pair of Egyptian geese who circle the tree regularly, honking loudly, looking to see if the flat top of the nest is suitable for them to lay their eggs and hatch their multitude of goslings. The fascinating part of the story is that the new-hatched goslings will almost immediately jump off the edge of the high structure, hitting the hard ground or the water below, to follow their protective parents on foot to a preferred spot on the river bank, where they will be taught to swim, and eventually fly…

From this same tent we regularly see White fronted bee-eaters who have holes in the steep bank below us, and a female Giant kingfisher, who has a favourite fishing perch on a combretum vine immediately below us.

Pied kingfishers hover constantly on a never-ending search for fish.

A giant eagle owl mutters and calls nightly above our tent.

Woodland kingfishers, inter-african migrants, are still calling…they should have departed Zimbabwe by now…perhaps the late and heavy rains have produced extra insects, encouraging them to stay on….

Driving to the Cliffs on Easter morning, with Gwen and friends, we see a lone Wild dog pop out of the grass, full bellied from hunting. He rapidly disappears around the bend and down the road, as if he never was….

He has disappeared too fast for a photo, but my memory will serve….and here is a photo of one of our wild dogs on a previous safari….

Wild dog!

Wild dog!

What a joy for me to see this endangered animal, knowing that the rest of the pack is nearby and thriving….wonder if their Alpha female is pregnant. Denning could be any time now….

I am hitting a deadline ….I had told ZimArtist magazine that I could do a step-by-step article on painting for them this month, but that it would not be wild dogs due to the fact that they are hard to find this time of year, with thick grass and grown, mobile pups….and I like to paint what I am seeing, experiencing……
Hmmmm…now I have no excuse, I have this elusive dog in my head and will reference some  of my previous sketches as well, to capture the mood….

Wow! It is still early in the day, and we spot a slinky leopard in the road ahead. Her long, curled tail flicks and she slides into the long grass, melting into her secret world with a few lingering glances back at us. I think she is female, with a small neat head…..

One of my tiny acrylic paintings, 20 x 20 cm……

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Arriving at the magnificent Chilojo Cliffs, we set up an Easter brunch, cooking aromatic sausages and eggs while we scan the cliffs for birds.

What gorgeous light. Working on A3 brown craft paper, I begin a sketch of the cliffs. Love this paper, it is very forgiving if you make a mistake, as it is not too expensive to start again!

Cobalt blue and white, smeared on thickly with my palette knife, create the background sky and some foreground reflections….I enjoy the immediacy and abstract quality of this treasured old palette knife inherited from my father.

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In the field, pencil, oil pastel or charcoal sketches are ofen my first step. I prefer softer pencils and charcoal, which are more expressive. Then the palette knife and acrylic come into use, capturing form, shape and sky.

As I sketch, Thomas Mutombeni arrives with guests from Chilo Gorge, and they walk across the sand to stand in awe beneath the cliffs. They are dwarfed….

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As I paste in the shapes of the cliffs, I discover that flesh tint is the perfect base colour to capture that gorgeous glow….

Flesh tint is the perfect colour....

Flesh tint is the perfect colour….

Before the paint dries, the wind catches the sketch and blows it against my leg…creating extra texture in the painting, which I like, and decide to leave…a happy accident! By the time we depart the Cliffs the painting still is not quite dry, so I store it carefully, to continue another day….my leg is imprinted with colour…

My leg....

My leg….

Leaving Chilo Gorge, Clive Stockil and I get home to Tsavene, our bush house at Senuko Ranch in the Save Valley Conservancy. Sadly we get home to no water, as the river pump is in Harare for repair-no showers or washing of clothes, just bucket baths….all part of life in the bush I guess, but this has gone on for weeks now. The other much greater stress factor is the lack  of resolution to the indigenisation of the Save Valley Conservancy. Constant meetings and phone conferences between bush and Harare are the order of the day for poor Clive, who is so deeply committed to the preservation of both communities and wilderness interests that his every waking hour is spent to that end.

Two baby Barn owls, born recently in our chimney, have fallen off the ledge of their nest and plummeted down into the grate, as so often happens. We rescue them….the typical variation in size that occurs between owl chicks is obvious, but both will survive.

rescued baby barn owls

rescued baby barn owls

Parent owls can lay multiple batches of eggs and bring up various sized babies all at the same time. I have put them into the nesting box that I have made for previous barn owl babies, high near our roof. They call and hiss when night comes, until their parents find them. As in previous seasons, the adults are bringing them mice in their new abode, until they safely fledge. We count more than nine mice per nights, from the remains in the box in the mornings!

my sketch of a baby barn owl...

my sketch of a baby barn owl…

 

In my Tsavene bush studio, while Clive is on conference calls, I get back to the Chilojo Cliffs painting. I mix a darker tone of the flesh colour and block it in….

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In between checking on the owls, I continue to add texture and reflections to the painting…..

Cliffs...

Cliffs…

trying to keep the simplicity and abstract quality…..

simplicity...

simplicity…

After a few hours of drying, I then mix a subtle cool tone of green for the distant grassy slopes which cloak the feet of the main cliffs. After the good rains we have had, the grass is still quite green, normally at this time of the year it would be much drier….

cool green....

cool green….

I lay the soft green colour down on the paper thickly,

thick colour and texture...

thick colour and texture…

then wait for it to dry…and wait….and wait…..have a cup of hot chocolate……

hot chocolate and Jack Russell.....

hot chocolate and Jack Russell…..

Realising this process will take more than a day, (weather is humid), I decide to start working on the Wild dog painting that is in my head, beginning with an abstract background. With my recent real wild dog sighting fresh and glorious in my mind, and referring to my various previous field sketches, I sketch the form of two running dogs, shapes I have often used and loved. Soft waxy pencil.

initial sketch on abstract acrylic background

initial sketch on abstract acrylic background

Using acrylics, and my trusty palette knife, I lay down areas of darker ochre …

ochre patches are blocked in...

ochre patches are blocked in…

Then the paler tones of the neck fur….allowing plenty time for each layer of colour to dry…

pale neck fur...

pale neck fur…

Now, one day later , I can go back to the dry Chilojo Cliffs painting…..
Using torn paper I create an edge for the green bushes and trees that line the foreground cliff edges and use an onion bag to create texture………………

torn paper gives texture...

torn paper gives texture…

detail....

detail….

Chilojo Cliffs painting completed….

Chilojo Cliffs completed

Chilojo Cliffs completed

Back to the dog painting, next day, I add white patches…

white patches are added

white patches are added

After extensive drying of the thick paint, after a day or so, black areas and details are worked.

What would I do without this palette knife?!

What would I do without this palette knife?!

The final product is a large A1 finished sketch, which I can then use to build up ideas for a larger canvas painting if I wish….

"Wild dogs!" by Lin Barrie

“Wild dogs!” by Lin Barrie

 

The immediacy of these sketches is dependant on real experience…no matter where an artist works, or what the subject. There is inspiration everywhere, whether human form, still life, animals, landscape, trees or abstract. Drawing and sketching from real experiences gives an immediate quality to art which can be achieved no other way than by drawing, drawing, drawing!

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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, Painted Wolf Wines, African wild dogs and Marathons…..

 

African wild dogs! my passion…..

Unique to Africa, and endangered, these special predators are resident in only 9.4% of their historical range of sub-Saharan Africa. Given that wild dogs are a wide-ranging species that require plenty of space, large expanses of protected land such as transfrontier conservation initiatives are fundamental for their future conservation.

Gonarezhou wild dogs, photograph by the AWCF team, led by Dr. Rosemary Groom.

Gonarezhou wild dogs, photograph by the AWCF team, led by Dr. Rosemary Groom.

The Greater LimpopoTransfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) encompasses parts of Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique and hosts globally significant populations of African wild dogs. Habitat loss, wire snaring, disease (rabies), competition with lions and human persecution threaten wild dogs throughout their range.

Gonarezhou National Park is part of this eco-system, and we at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge are privileged to have access to this pristine wilderness.

Gonarezhou is a perfect wilderness environment for these endangered animals..

Gonarezhou is a perfect wilderness environment for these endangered animals..and their pups..

Look at this great photograph, below, taken last year on a Chilo game drive in Gonarezhou National Park, by Derek and Sarah Soloman of Kuyimba Trading. We at Chilo look forward to the return of Derek and Sarah in late April, leading another specialist safari to this unique wilderness of ours..

African wild dog in gonarezhou National Park-photographed by Derek Soloman

African wild dog in gonarezhou National Park-photographed by Derek Soloman

The African Wildlife Conservation Fund (AWCF) is dedicated to wildlife conservation in Africa with a focused goal of safe-guarding endangered African wild dog populations in the Zimbabwean Lowveld.

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is seeing increased sightings of wild dogs on game drives, and it is through the efforts of such as AWCF, Frankfurt Zoological Society and Zim Parks, that these endangered animals are doing well in the Gonarezhou National Park.

another lovely photograph from the AWCF research team in Gonarezhou...

another lovely photograph from the AWCF research team in Gonarezhou…

The Gonarezhou Predator Project, managed by AWCF, is vital to increasing our knowledge and awareness of the challenges facing our predator populations in Gonarezhou

http://www.africanwildlifeconservationfund.org/projects/gonarezhou-predator-project/

These are some more fascinating links to blogs on the Gonarezhou Predator Project …..

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2012/07/29/adventures-in-gonarezhou/

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2012/09/04/african-wild-dogs-in-gonarezhou-part-1/

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2012/09/10/african-wild-dogs-in-gonarezhou-part-2/

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2012/09/26/wild-dogs-in-gonarezhou-originate-from-save-valley/

http://zimbabwewilddogs.wildlifedirect.org/2013/02/12/collared-wild-dog-snared-in-gonarezhou-national-park/

If you have read this far, you can now understand why African wild dogs are an integral part of the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge experience!

Here is one of my paintings , which hangs in the dining room at the lodge…..

Lin Barrie Wild dog art at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Lin Barrie Wild dog art at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

The African Wildlife Conservation Fund is proud to be an official charity of the 2014 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, read the details:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gjfqmg8gpxvcnoy/Running%20for%20African%20Wild%20Dogs_AWCF.pdf

Prizes for the Two Oceans team include a sponsored two night’s stay for two people at Motswari Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati , merchandise and vouchers from The Safari Store, wine prizes from Painted Wolf Wines and two of my wild dog sketches….

lin barrie sketches for AWCF and Two Oceans

Painted Wolf Wines are one of the preferred brands at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge and they sponsor many groundbreaking initiatives for African wild dog conservation in Southern Africa…..

Some of the wines donated by Jeremy and Emma Borg of Painted Wolf Wines for AWCF at the Two Oceans marathon include a magnificent Magnum, bearing a label painted by Lin Barrie!

Painted Wolf Wines-yummy!

Painted Wolf Wines-yummy!

UPDATE:

 

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As a follow on from the successful running of the Two Oceans marathon by the AWCF team , here is a Thank you message from Jess Watermeyer, leader of the team:

The AFRICAN WILD DOG – Africa’s second most endangered carnivore, and a unique and charismatic species, is heavily threatened by loss of habitat, fragmentation of protected areas, human persecution and accidental wire-snare poaching.

AFRICAN WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FUND (AWCF) – http://www.africanwildlifeconservationfund.org – was accepted as one of the few official charities of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon in 2014
(http://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/information/run-charity)!

On Saturday the 19 April 2014, 50 runners, from across the globe, got up at 4:00 am dressed themselves up in African Wildlife Conservation Fund kit, including wild dog ears, and ran 21km in an effort to raise funds and awareness for African wild dog conservation. We could not have hoped for better weather, a better atmosphere or a more dedicated group of athletes!

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We also managed to get some fun exposure with SABC news:

However, hand in hand with the success of this event is each and every one of you – those behind the scenes who encouraged the runners and donated so generously towards the cause!

Our total profit thus far is $10 305.00 – an incredible effort (!), and with just under a week to go until we close the books on this event, I want to do all I can to help us reach a little higher for African wild dogs

We also managed to get some fun exposure with SABC news https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qfZfABJTio

Through this event, I want to do all I can to promote AWCF as a conservation NGO, bring about awareness of a conservation cause which I am extremely passionate about, and raise some VERY much needed funds for our conservation work and projects!

DONATIONS can be made in one of two ways: into any of our registered trust accounts (please see attached) OR through our safe and secure PayPal link on our website – http://www.africanwildlifeconservationfund.org/donate/ (see attached).

Please use the reference ‘OMTOM_Jess Watermeyer_Donation’ and send me your proofs of payment so that I can keep track of any donation amounts coming in and, importantly, know who to thank!!

Do please follow AND LIKE our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AfricanWildlifeConservationFund)

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