December 14, 2010

Spotlight on Endangered Species Condoms : Madagascar

Some news from our friends at The Center for Biological Diversity, about the Endangered Species Condoms illustrated by Molly Schafer & Jenny Kendler of ESPP:
In the process of giving away 350,000 Endangered Species Condoms in 2010, the Center for Biological Diversity heard a lot of fun and interesting stories from the thousands of volunteer distributors who helped with our human overpopulation campaign. One of the best came from Karen Samonds in Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar -- 10,817 miles from our headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. Karen works with Sadabe, a nonprofit that "recognizes that human health and development depends on natural ecosystems, while the conservation of biodiversity depends on human decisions." Since one of the most important of those human decisions involves reproduction -- and the dynamic of our unsustainable population growth driving the planetary extinction crisis -- Karen distributed the condoms during the family-planning portion of a women's health workshop in Tsinjoarivo.
According to Sadabe's website, biodiversity-rich Madagascar is just the place for this sort of work: "We seek to develop novel and innovative ways to promote the coexistence of people and wildlife at Tsinjoarivo, and elsewhere where humans and wildlife come into conflict." Kudos to Sadabe for making that effort, and many thanks to Karen for making our condoms a part of such great work.
Right now, the Center is sending out 50,000 Endangered Species Condoms for volunteers to hand out on New Year's Eve as a fun and informative way to highlight the connection between human overpopulation and over-consumption, and the extinction of species. Learn more about Endangered Species Condoms, overpopulation and Sadabe.

December 8, 2010

Happy HOWLidays from The Endangered Species Print Project



Forget the Naughty. This Season ESPP is Twice as Nice!

That's right, we've got 2 red wolves, 2 marine mammals, and 2 gifts in one. When you give ESPP you give the gift of art, along with a donation to an important conservation initiative.

Endangered Species Print Project Presents:
This December we have released the wolves! Our newest prints both depict the critically endangered Red wolf. Two gorgeous prints by two popular artists. How will you ever decide between them? There are only approximately 100 Red wolves remaining on our planet so help them out by buying a print. As with all ESPP prints, 100% of the purchase prices goes directly to conservation. Plus, the good karma will help you to makes Santa's "nice" list.

ESPP also recently released two fantastic under the sea prints, celebrating our love of marine mammals: the Vaquita, a mini porpoise, and the North Atlantic Right whale who weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 139,700 pounds! With a variety of artistic styles and species to choose from we have something for everyone (cool) on your list.

Read more about each of our new prints below...

Red Wolf prints by artists Christopher Reiger and Susan Jamison

The red wolf once occupied a range that extended over the forests, swamps, and coastal plains of the southern and eastern areas of the United States, as far west as Texas and as far north as New York.  By 1980, the species was extinct in the wild. Today that number is up to 100! Both Reiger and Jamison's work articulates an understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Their ESPP prints convey the tenuous position of the Red wolf species. We've printed a highly limited edition of only 100 of each on our sustainable and luxurious bamboo paper. All the proceeds support Red wolf conservation and breeding programs at Point Defiance and Mill Mountain Zoos. 



Vaquita print by artist Noah Scalin
Noah Scalin, of the popular blog and book Skull-a-Day, was inspired to work with arranged embroidery floss to depict the Vaquita, the Earth's smallest porpoise, after reading how entanglement in fishing nets is the leading cause of death for the species. His beautiful print is a limited edition of 250 and supports ¡Viva Vaquita!

North Atlantic Right Whale print by artist John Vilhauer
A quick survey of our under 13 audience confirmed that this happy-go-lucky whale is sure to bring a smile to the younger species on your holiday list...along with teaching the importance of biodiversity!  The 2009 population count of North Atlantic right whales found only 438 whales.  All proceeds from the sale of this whale go to The North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium.
100% of the proceeds from The Endangered Species Print Project's limited-edition prints support the critically endangered species they depict. Editions are limited to the species' remaining population count. To see more spectacular species head to http://endangeredspeciesprintproject.com
Happy Holidays from ESPP!
- Molly & Jenny 

December 6, 2010

Release the Wolves!

No time to write a long post now, but I have to let everyone know...our long awaited double-release of two different Red Wolf prints is here!

Artists Christopher Reiger (of Javan Rhino fame) and Susan Jamison both stepped to the Red Wolf plate and hit a home run. Come check out their gorgeous prints on our website, and get your paws on them before they're gone.

More info on these awesome prints and the most worthy organizations they support soon...



In the meantime: Who needs and Hannukah/Yule/Festivus present? Hint, hint. They want a print!

December 1, 2010

ESPP featured in The American Scholar

The last issue of The American Scholar magazine featured and article on ESPP, entitled "Call of the Wild," and I wanted to share it with you all.

After years of exhibiting artwork in galleries and museums, Chicago-based artists Jenny  Kendler and Molly Schafer decided last year to step outside those white-walled environments and directly support conservation of endangered species.
In their Endangered Species Print Project, the artists print animal images in quantities equaling the estimated number of individuals of that species in the wild.
For instance, no more than 45 Amur leopards are said to remain in Russia and China’s temperate forests, their sole habitat, and so Kendler and Schafer have made an edition of 45 prints. Everything earned from the sale of the prints is donated to an organization that works to save that specific species, in this case the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance, a coalition of 13 nongovernmental organizations dedicated to reducing the poaching and deforestation that threaten the species.
If less money goes to supporters of the more endangered species, they’ll create a second artwork of the same species once the first one sells out. So far they have raised more than $4,000 and donated to 11 organizations. Now they are expanding by lining up guest artists who will draw a variety of animals and plants, including the charismatic Vaquita, a miniature porpoise that lives in the Sea of Cortez in California. —Vanessa Schipani

The issue also included a thorough (and frightening) look at geo-engineering as a possible solution for climate change. You can pick up a copy, with it's great polar bear cover, at your newsstand. Thanks to Vanessa for the write-up!

Oh, and by the way, since the article was published, ESPP has raised it's total funds earned for conservation to almost $5,600 and the number of organizations we're supporting to 17!