On May 15th, zoos and aquariums across the country are hosting conservation-based events to acknowledge and educate visitors about the realities of animal extinction. Zoos and aquariums are home to many endangered species or species at a high risk of extinction.
It is hard to imagine a world without some of the most beautiful and majestic creatures such as cheetahs, polar bears, elephants and penguins, but that is a reality we face. We have all seen photos and paintings of these amazing animals, but it is difficult to wrap our minds around the fact that those photos may be the only remnants of some species a mere 100 years from now.
To conserve the beauty of the endangered species that live at the Center, we are partnering with C.A.R.E., The Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered species. These talented artists and animal enthusiasts will be on site creating works of art that portray the GSC’s endangered species. They will capture a moment in time and conserve that moment in a painting or sculpture.
The artwork, once completed, will be available for sale. You can actually purchase that moment in time! The artists are donating 30% of the proceeds back to the Center to support the care of the endangered species that call the Center home.
In addition to seeing artists at work, visitors can enjoy presentations about our bee hives, our butterfly gardens, our monarch butterfly weigh stations, and special keeper talks focused on endangered species. Also, guests can participate in a scavenger hunt to seek out the endangered species that live at the Center. Hope you can join us!