Pause. Reflect.

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VERGE II is postponed to 2020 or until further notice. Keep an eye on our facebook page where we share articles and art relevant to endangered and vulnerable species and ecosystems: facebook.com/artforspecies We have a list of names of artists … Continued

Haematopus moquini

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African black oystercatcher – Near-threatened Artwork by Hein Botha The African Black Oystercatcher is one of the rarest oystercatchers in the world and is found only on the coasts of South Africa and Namibia. Because they nest in areas that … Continued

Marasmodes oubonae S.Ortis

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A quick sketch by @janetbotes as part of a#drawingchallenge by Hinneni Gallery in Wilderness on the #gardenroute of #southafricaMarasmodes oubonae S.OrtisHigher Classification: DicotyledonsFamily: ASTERACEAE Critically Endangered B2ab(iii,v); C2a(i) Marasmodes oubinae remains in four small, isolated renosterveld remnants (AOO <1 km²) after 90% of its habitat … Continued

Lycaon pictus

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African wild dog / painted hunting dog / painted wolf / African painted dog Endangered, with only 1409 mature individuals, and numbers are decreasing Wild Dog with Brenton Blue Butterfly, by Jane Pitchford The social structure of a wild dog pack is a fascinating, almost altruistic system. Like … Continued

Bunolagus monticularis

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Riverine rabbit / Oewerkonyn / bushman rabbit One of the most endangered mammals in the world, with only around 500 living adults, and 1500 overall with an extremely limited distribution area, found only in the central and southern regions of the … Continued

Hippocampus capensis

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Knysna SeahorseKnysna-seeperdjieiHashe Yolwandle Kingdom: AnimaliaPhylum: ChordataClass: ActinopterygiiOrder: SyngnathiformesFamily: SyngnathidaeHippocampus capensis Boulenger 1900 Seahorses are found in shallow seas from Tasmania to the United Kingdom, and they feature in myths and legends from around the world (think of how they’re usually … Continued

Species a week

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From February a different endangered/vulnerable organism will be shared every week, with a short introduction and image. Some of the first posts will feature artworks exhibited as part of VERGE, but later we’ll share art by other South African artists, … Continued

LINKS FOR READING

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Read about EWT’s (Endangered Wildlife Fund) African Crane Conservation Project >> EWT’s Riverine Rabbit research & conservation >> For how long can we treat the suffering of animals as an inconvenient truth? – Michael Brooks >> Insectageddon: farming is more … Continued

LEARN & TAKE ACTION

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According to Endangered Wildlife Trust’s red data list of South African mammals, 17% are deemed to be threatened with extinction and 10% are near threatened. In terms of our bird species, Birdlife SA’s research reveal that 132 threatened species are listed as … Continued

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