Orangutan by James Exhibition Print
Orangutan 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 WCS Malaysia and the orangutans of Sarawak
- Edition: Open edition
- Artist: James, Yr 6 Royal Grammar School, Newcastle
- 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 WCS Malaysia
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This expressive drawing of an orangutan exhibited in Where Did All the Animals Go? exhibition is accompanied by the following information:
Conservation Status: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED
The Malay word orangutan means “person of the forest”
These long-haired, orangish primates, found only in Sumatra and Borneo, are highly intelligent and are close relatives of humans. Orangutans have an enormous arm span. A male may stretch his arms some 7 feet from fingertip to fingertip—a reach considerably longer than his standing height of about 5 feet. When orangutans do stand, their hands nearly touch the ground.
Orangutans' arms are well suited to their lifestyle because they spend much of their time in the trees of their tropical rain forest home. They even sleep aloft in nests of leafy branches. They use large leaves as umbrellas and shelters to protect themselves from the common rains. These cerebral primates forage for food during daylight hours. Most of their diet consists of fruit and leaves gathered from rain forest trees. They also eat bark, insects and, on rare occasions, meat. Orangutans are more solitary than other apes. Males are loners. As they move through the forest they make plenty of rumbling, howling calls to ensure that they stay out of each other's way. The “long call” can be heard 1.2 miles away. The animals are long-lived and have survived as long as 60 years in captivity.
Habitat loss for the palm oil and logging industry is one of the main threats to orangutans. Because orangutans live in only a few places, and because they are so dependent upon trees, they are particularly susceptible to logging in these areas. Unfortunately, deforestation and other human activities, such as hunting, have placed the orangutan in danger of extinction. They are also susceptible to the illegal pet trade. Information credit: National Geographic
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.
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