Disney Family Museum Features Endangered Animal Art – Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon


By Judith Kahn

“Creative Conservation: The Art of Endangered Animals,” now at the Walt Disney Family Museum, features paintings of rescued and rehabilitated real animals alongside artwork by human friends inspired by wild animals.

Panthers, tigers, chimpanzees, vultures and bears have all contributed to this exhibit, and these artists currently inhabit five wildlife sanctuaries and conservation organizations around the world. Visitors to the exhibit can also view wildlife watercolors by Disney animator Andreas Deja, and all of the artwork is available for purchase on the museum’s website.

The paintings in this exhibit, whose styles are best described as ‘abstract art’ and ‘paw print art’, were created using non-toxic paints applied with paws, claws, muzzle and fur animals. “Wild” performers are endangered animals, which is why they do not occur in their natural habitats and instead live in protected environments.

In a press release from earlier this year, the Walt Disney Family Museum said, “…it is important to note that while some wildlife rescue facilities have been known to force their animals to paint for profit, this is not the practice of sanctuaries involved in Creative Conservation – they offer art activities to their rehabilitated animals as an option solely for their enrichment and enjoyment.

The show is co-curated by Tracie Timmer, Manager of Public Programs, and Marina Villar Delgado, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

“With the upcoming opening of Walt Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece,’ we wanted to draw attention to the plight that so many of the beloved animals featured in this film face today,” wrote Timmer in a statement. “We hope that Creative Conservation will not only provide much-needed funding for these five wildlife sanctuaries, but also a broader understanding of the many ways endangered animals are threatened in their own habitats, as well as what we could all do. to help.”

Painting Panthera Africa (South Africa) by Jubatus, 2021. Courtesy of Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary and the Walt Disney Family Museum.

The animal works are abstractions of intense color. The work of the five organizations saving these animals from extinction, however, is concrete and vital. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will support the work of the sanctuary partners described below and hopefully increase public awareness of the plight of the animals featured in the exhibit.

The organizations and sanctuaries involved in the project are Animals Asia, FOUR PAWS International, Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary, Wildlife ACT and the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center at the Jane Goodall Institute.

Animals Asia is a registered charity dedicated to ending bear bile farming and improving animal welfare in Asia. Founded in 1998, it now has bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam, a headquarters in Hong Kong, and offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the United States. Vietnam. His website is animalsasia.org.

Wildlife ACT is a non-profit organization established in South Africa in 2010 that seeks to prevent the extinction of many endangered species in Africa. Its mission is to “implement professional and strategic monitoring and research to enable and inform effective wildlife conservation management; identify and develop programs within surrounding communities to support wildlife conservation; securing existing protected areas; and support the range expansion of African wildlife. For more information, visit Wildlifeact.com.

FOUR PAWS International, founded in Vienna in 1988 by Heli Dungler and friends, is a worldwide animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence. He saves animals in need and protects them. Her goal is to champion a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. To learn more, visit fourpaws.org.

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary is a non-profit, eco-friendly sanctuary inspired by Lizaene Cornwall and Catherine Nyquist from their passion for four types of panthers: lion, leopard, jaguar and tiger. These animals live in a veritable sanctuary for big cats bred in captivity where no interaction, reproduction or trade takes place. The land has many tall trees, a natural spring and a panoramic view of the mountains. Panthera wants to raise awareness of the conditions big cats face in captivity and how to end them. Panthera is South Africa’s first entirely solar-powered sanctuary. Learn more at pantheraafrica.com.

The Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center (Jane Goodall Institute) provided care to more than 200 people. Founded in 1992 in the Republic of Congo, it is one of the largest chimpanzee sanctuaries in Africa. Tchimpounga takes a holistic approach in its efforts to save chimpanzees, tackling drivers of illegal trade such as poverty and lack of available information. The center invests in locally grown fruit for animals, supports law enforcement confiscations of endangered wildlife, and offers school-based educational programs for young people and information signs. The center has also rescued, rehabilitated and released groups of mandrills, pangolins and other animals. Learn more at janegoodall.org.

Each of the sanctuaries points out that due to climate change and illegal wildlife crime, the population of wildlife on Earth is declining at an alarming rate. While this is happening, wildlife sanctuaries around the world are tireless in their work to stop the threat to these species. All of these sanctuary organizations need and would appreciate your involvement and your financial help in the pursuit of their efforts, whether it is for a feline, a tiger, a vulture or a bear. Creature art can be viewed or purchased at the Creative Conservation exhibit, through Fall 2022.

The Walt Disney Family Museum is located at 104 Montgomery St. in the Presidio of San Francisco. For more information, visit waltdisney.org or call 415-345-6800.


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