KALAHARI ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEM PROJECT
The effects of the Covid19 pandemic have had far reaching effects, especially within the tourism industry and the sub-industries that rely on tourism, which includes what we are most passionate about, wildlife art and wildlife conservation.
The Warren Cary Wildlife Gallery and the Tswalu Foundation have formed a creative collaboration to support wildlife art and the Kalahari Endangered Ecosystem Project (KEEP).
KEEP is a multidisciplinary study on the Tswalu reserve investigating how organisms are responding to climate change. It is a unique study for several reasons: it involves a team of leading researchers from several South African universities working together; it is a long-term study investigating in detail how free-living organisms respond to changes in their environment; and, it is one of the first studies to take into account how key species interact with each other in complex food webs, allowing the researchers to distinguish the direct and indirect effects of climate change on Kalahari organisms.
Seventeen wildlife artists were tasked with producing art works specific to the key species that are under study by KEEP, which include the Pangolin, Bat-eared fox, Aardvark, Dung beetle, Pygmy Falcon, Sociable Weaver and other small mammals.
Proceeds of the sales of these art works will directly support the Artists and KEEP.