Oh, bother.

OH BOY!

HOORAY! I finished another piece! And I’m not talking about the exuberant firefly above, she is a little thank you present I whipped up for my summer zoo camp boss. I threw her in to counter the mood of my new drawing, Oh Bother.

aka eeyorelephant

Oh Bother

Aw, it’s Eeyore!  Except as an Elephant!  Eeyorelephant! But what’s he doing with that wire? Why did he sever his own trunk, and why are his legs so stitched up?

This was about the most digestible way I thought I could illustrate the horrific phenomenon of elephants triggering poacher snares.  The wire snares dig into their legs (here’s a mildly graphic pic of an elephant with scarred legs from africamatters.org), and often in the animal’s attempts to remove the snare they can cut into or even sever their trunks.  It’s horrible business.

I became aware of it by watching a clever elephant successfully removing a snare in the following video:

Apparently it’s not always maiming and death for them, as they are remarkably intelligent.

If you’re hungry for more poacher snare art, apparently if you head to the airport in Zambia you can scoop up jewelry made from gathered snares.  It’s the idea of a co-op called Community Markets for Conservation, who encourage locals to trade snares and firearms for training in a variety of skills to improve their lives.  You can read more here at Newswise.com.

Thomson Tembo in Snarewear, from Newswise.com

3 Responses to “Oh, bother.”

  1. Nathan says:

    So I really like the Eeyore, but I seriously thought it was commentary about transgender identity.

  2. Arius says:

    Then I’ll definitely leave the title as “Oh, Bother” instead of “Please Stop Leaving Poacher Snares, They Cause Elephants to Die and Sometimes Sever Their Trunks”, as to broaden its appeal.

  3. Arius says:

    Hello, Reverend Angora,

    I’m honored that you enjoyed my image! I wonder how you stumbled upon this dusty old neglected blog?

    I’m overall interested in your request, but I have to confess that my pro bono project list is backlogged some 10 projects deep for years now. I’ll add it to the list, though, should I ever find myself with a huge swath of free time.

    I checked out tikodane.com… doesn’t look like anything is up… did you mean Tikondane.org ?

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