Projects

 

A portfolio of some of the exciting collaborations with my Conservation Collective

Wonderful Wildlife Booklets

In many parts of Africa children growing up in communities that border wildlife areas have limited access to conservation education resources. While closest in proximity to wildlife and wild spaces, their experience of human-wildlife conflict and pressure to poach often leaves these children with a very different perspective compared with visiting tourists.

The key to breaking down barriers to conservation is Education. Empowering communities with the message that their natural heritage has value and needs their protection. As a result, these communities will see the long term benefits of sustainable use of their environment.

The Blue Sky Society Trust, a non-profit conservation and humanitarian organisation based in South Africa, has collaborated with a number of groups over the past few years to develop, print and distribute Wonderful Wildlife Booklets to children in rural communities adjacent to wildlife areas from South Africa to Kenya.

This successful project continues in 2021 and I was thrilled and honoured to develop the content for this year’s edition. This edition is available in English, Zulu, Portuguese and soon Tsonga.

We continue to look for collaborators to help us further the translation potential and further the distribution of this vital conservation education work. If you want to be part of the solution you can find out more here:

Project BSST01 Wildlife Education Booklet

If you would like to take a closer look at the content of the Wonderful Wildlife Booklet 2021, you can download a copy.

Aotearoa Conservation Action Bingo

An unexpected source of creativity came from the lockdowns of the Covid-19 pandemic. This Conservation Bingo Activity is one such idea. Bringing a living mindfully message together with some simple activities the whole household can dip into. This interactive pdf is focused on folks living in Aotearoa New Zealand.

I have some more ideas along these lines so stay tuned. And if you have an idea for an online conservation education activity aimed at a general audience please use the Contact page to get in touch!

Wild Webinar Education Downloads

This is a collection of Conservation Education Activity Sheets I created to go along with a Wild Webinar series run by the Blue Sky Society as part of a fundraising initiative in support of vital boots-on-the-ground Wildlife Conservation Work.

 

Southern Ground Hornbill

African Pangolin

Amphibians & Reptiles

Wildlife Vets

African Elephant

The Rise of the Matriarch

Ecowarrior and founder of the Blue Sky Society Trust, Carla Geyser, is the expedition leader of the 2022 Rise of the Matriarch Expedition.

In 2016, she led South Africa’s first all-female conservation expedition from Southern Africa to Kenya. They drove 15 787km over 100 days through 10 countries to help stem the tide of poaching. The crew of 13 “she-roes” raised nearly R300 000 for various conservation projects, drew widespread continental attention to elephant poaching crisis, distributed 20 000 conservation educational booklets to children and provided support to 37 wildlife organisations along the way.

In September 2018 she headed out again and lead another all-female crew. This time across South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to raise awareness about the contentious human-wildlife conflict. Another very successful Rise of the Matriarch expedition.

I joined Carla on a Journey with Purpose expedition in 2019 for a boots-on-the-ground experience with Elephants Alive. I can’t wait to get back on the road with Carla in her Landy, Dora, next year. #LadyinaLandy

ROTM 2022 Leg One

ROTM 2022 Leg Two

Pelo Tales

Amateur art fundraiser for Wildlife Conservation in Southern Africa

Pelo Tales is a series of canvases I painted during Covid-19 related lockdowns in 2020. Having to make do with what I had to hand and in the spirit of sustainability, each canvas has been recycled. Perfect in their imperfections and certainly one of a kind.

Pelo” is heart in Setswana.

My art is an expression of the deep connection I have to pure spaces, to beauty and most especially to Nature. Each painting represents a Heart moment and so a little Pelo Tale to accompany it. You can read all these little tales here – dragonflytravelling.com

In 2022 I am thrilled to be joining the Rise of the Matriarch expedition – an all-female adventure across South Africa to raise awareness and funds for the plight of Mama Africa’s wildlife. The ROTM crew will engage with local communities especially children on the human-wildlife issue and distribute Wonderful Wildlife Booklets (that I developed content for). We will connect with anti-poaching groups, visit conservation groups and schools, and meet with incredible women who are doing remarkable things at a grassroots level to assist in conservation efforts.

If you would like to contribute to this very worthwhile cause, you can buy my Heart Art. There are two ways you can do this:

Donation Option One:

I would be happy to send you a high resolution pdf version of a Pelo Tales canvas of your choice in exchange for a donation (minimum USD 25.00)  toward our Rise of the Matriarch expedition.

Donation Option Two:

If you live in New Zealand and would like to purchase an original Pelo Tales canvas, scroll down to see what’s on offer. Simply click on the Donate Now button below your choice. This will take you to a Trade Me listing to finalise your donation/purchase. I will courier the canvas to you.

All the proceeds from the sale of my Heart Art goes towards the Rise of the Matriarch expeditions 2022. Please help us make a difference for communities and wildlife in Southern Africa.

Thank You…

ecosystem services

Blue Sky Zebra

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

25cm x 25cm x 1.5cm

$45.00

Morning Herd

Acrylic | Canvas Board

60cm x 50cm x 0.5cm

$75.00

Kgalagadi Cheetah

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

25cm x 25cm x 1.5cm

$45.00

Xigera Hippo

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

60cm x 50cm x 1.5cm

$75.00

Coalition

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

25cm x 25cm x 1.5cm

$45.00

Pastel Sky Giraffe

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

25cm x 25cm x 1.5cm

$45.00

Gold Sky Rhino

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

25cm x 25cm x 1.5cm

$45.00

Afternoon Lion

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

25cm x 25cm x 1.5cm

$45.00

Pink Sky Gemsbok

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

25cm x 25cm x 1.5cm

$45.00

Sunset Leopard

Acrylic | Stretched Canvas

20cm x 20cm x 1.5cm

$30.00