Wednesday, 27 October 2010

New Species of Snub-nosed Monkey

I've had to keep very quiet about this for the past few weeks, but today the American Journal of Primatology announces the discovery of a new species of primate, the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus strykeri).

© Martin Aveling/Fauna & Flora International

The research that led to this exciting discovery was carried out by the Myanmar Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA), and supported by an international team of primatologists from Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRFC). The new monkey was named in honour of John Styker, President and Founder of the Arcus Foundation, who supported the project. As there are currently no images of a living specimen, I was commissioned to produce this illustration for identification purposes. As far as I know, it is the first ever drawing of this new species of monkey.

Sightings of the monkey have been reported from the eastern Himalayas to the north-eastern Kachin state, and it is believed that there are between 260-330 individuals, making it critically endangered. Although the species is new to science, the local people know it well, claiming it's actually quite easy to spot when it rains, because its upturned nose often fills up with water, causing it to sneeze!

Together with their partner organisations, FFI are taking immediate action to safeguard the survival of this important new species.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Art Safari to Kenya

Africa House Safaris offers bespoke luxury safaris to some of the most enchanting corners of Eastern Africa.

Recently they launched a series of painting safaris, the first of which will take place in the stunning surroundings of Kenya's Laikipia Plateau. I am very honoured to have been asked to be the resident artist on this trip, taking place towards the end of June 2011.

For full details on this particular safari, and to browse the Africa House Safaris website, click here.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Elephant Mural in Ghana

I've now posted this video on my own YouTube channel...

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