One of Ian’s main passions are the Great Apes which he has photographed regularly in the wild over the last twenty years. He has raised significant funds for Great Ape Conservation projects by taking small groups of people to see these animals in their forest homes and making donations from these trips to conservation projects protecting critical habitat. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19,Ian has had to postpone this year’s trips and so the idea was born to raise badly needed funds by producing a range of limited edition prints of Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Orangutans. The first edition of one photo of each of these animals have been signed by Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Ashley Leiman OBE respectively. These prints will be auctioned with the proceeds from the sales going to the relevant NGO.
There is also a further range of limited edition prints signed by Ian Wood, of a selection of great ape images on exhibition at the Lucy Bell Gallery with 25% of sales also going to support the work of these conservation organisations.
The three organisations that will be receiving donations from sales are The Orangutan Foundation UK, Gorilla Doctors and the Jane Goodall Institute.
The Orangutan Foundation UK
Founded in 1990, The Orangutan Foundation UK has a unique and diverse approach to orangutan conservation. Their approach goes beyond that of purely protecting orangutans.It recognises that orangutans are essential to their habitat, which is unique in its rich biodiversity and is crucial for local communities, who are as dependent on the forest as the orangutans. Their forest regeneration program has planted tens of thousands of trees to extend critical habitat in Borneo.
“Conservation is more than protecting a species, it is about saving nature which includes us,'the fifth great ape'. The efforts of all of us to prevent climate change will be seen as a defining moment in history, for humanity's sake and for the health of the whole planet. Tropical forests can play a significant role in guarding against climate change.” Ashley Leiman OBE, Founder & Director
Gorilla Doctors are dedicated to saving the mountain and eastern lowland gorilla species. Their international veterinary team provides hands-on medical care to ill and injured gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The health and well-being of every individual gorilla is vital to the species’ survival and their veterinary team regularly monitors the health of gorillas and intervenes to treat individuals with life-threatening illness or injury whenever possible.
"It is all connected. When people are healthy, gorillas are healthy and vice versa. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, our health monitoring has become more essential than ever. As tourism resumes, what we do today can protect gorillas and their health for future generations. Together, we can save this species, one gorilla at a time." Dr. Kirsten Gilardi, Executive Director& Chief Veterinary Officer
The Jane Goodall Institute
Founded by renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr.Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global organisation that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. This year marks the 60th anniversary that Jane Goodall first went to study chimpanzees in Gombe, Tanzania which is now the longest continuous study of any wild animal. The Jane Goodall Institute's projects in Africa are ground-breaking and globally renowned for effectively empowering local people to become involved in sustainable programmes making them our partners in conservation. Jane Goodalll's Roots & Shoots is a global humanitarian and environmental programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects to benefit their community, animals and the environment. In the UK Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots groups are now active in over 1,600 schools.
“My job now is to try and help people understand that every one of us makes a difference every day. It is up to us the kind of difference we make”.
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE
Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace
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