Great Apes

Ian Wood

Sat Oct 17 2020 – Sat Dec 19 2020

Ian Wood is a photographer and writer, living in East Sussex, who specialises in wildlife, nature and conservation.

His work has been published in a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and books internationally including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

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

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. A special edition of A3 prints is available during the exhibition for £95 limited to an edition of 100, A2 prints are £295 edition 50 and A1 prints are £395 with 25% of sales going to the respective charities. 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

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 Institutue

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