Cassowary by Sally Exhibition Print
Southern Cassowary Print 2019 | Where Did All the Animals Go? Exhibition
High quality A4 print beautifully reproduced from original colour Biro drawing. This print is being sold in support of Born Free Foundation
- Edition: Open edition
- Artist: Sally, Mortimer Primary School, South Shields
- Printed on 230gsm matte archival paper
- Size: 30 x 21cm
- Print signed and numbered by Jane Lee McCracken with dedication to artist
- Profits from each print sale go directly to Born Free
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This expressive drawing of a Southern Cassowary exhibited in Where Did All the Animals Go? exhibition is accompanied by the following information:
Conservation Status: ENDANGERED (AUSTRALIA)
Population: 20,000 – 49,999
Of three species of cassowaries in the world, only the southern cassowary, is found in Australia
Like the emu and ostrich, the southern cassowary is a ratite, a large flightless bird with unusual feathers and other features that distinguish it from all other birds. A striking bird with glossy black plumage, the adult southern cassowary has a tall, brown casque or helmet on top of its head, a vivid blue and purple neck, long drooping red wattles and amber eyes. The purpose of the tall helmet or casque is unknown but it may indicate dominance and age, as it continues to grow throughout life.
Cassowaries prefer fallen fruit, but will eat small vertebrates, invertebrates, fungi, carrion and plants. Cassowaries play an important role in maintaining the diversity of rainforest trees. They swallow the fruit whole.
A number of factors affect southern cassowary survival. The major threats include habitat loss, fragmentation and modification of habitat, vehicle strikes, dog attacks, human interactions, pigs, disease and natural catastrophic events. Southern cassowary habitat, particularly on the coastal lowlands, has been seriously reduced by land clearing for farming, urban settlement and other development. In recent years, cyclones have damaged large areas of southern cassowary habitat, causing temporary food shortages. Information credit: Queensland Government
EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE
'Where Did All the Animals Go?' An Exhibition of North East School Children’s Biro Drawings Working with Artist, Jane Lee McCracken featuring Biro drawings of some of the world’s most endangered species, at Thought Foundation Art Gallery 20 June - 22 July 2019. Jane worked with over 400 children visiting five schools across the region to deliver Biro drawing workshops. Both exhibition and the Endangered Species Conference, also organised by Jane, are supported by international wildlife charity Born Free, with President and Co-Founder Will Travers, OBE headlining the conference. Included in the exhibition is a selection of Jane’s Biro drawings, which explore loss to the environment, generated by human destruction.
Both exhibition and conference call for wider awareness and compassion for wildlife affected by human destruction, and the subsequent impact of wildlife depletion on humanity if we don’t act now. These events, which also include workshops and film screenings during the exhibition, reveal the facts as to why and how species are threatened and provide access to vital knowledge as well as concise, key actions each one of us can take, so we can make positive changes for wildlife, both locally and globally.
More information about this project here: