By Tessa Raebeck
An art show to benefit the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), “Artists for Elephants and Rhinos” opens Saturday, June 14 at the Dora Frost Studio in Southampton.
“Wildlife crime is sweeping the planet,” organizers Dora Frost and Carolyn Chichester wrote in an email. “The illegal trafficking of wildlife is now one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with repeated links to terrorism networks. It is an industry now worth close to $20 billion a year, ranking it fourth behind drugs, weapons, and human trafficking as a global criminal activity.”
“High Target Species such as elephant and rhino are being hunted to extinction. These animals are the most difficult to protect, as poachers go to the most extreme lengths to kill them. If we can safeguard these animals, then entire ecosystems are protected,” they added.
The International Anti-Poaching Foundation trains, equips, manages and supports anti-poaching rangers to defend these targeted species. Ms. Chichester spent time observing the anti-poaching effort this past winter with IAPF rangers and Founder and CEO Damien Mander in Zimbabwe.
You can watch two 60 Minutes segments on IAPF and Damien Mander here and here.
The participating artists include: Dora Frost, Blair Seagram, Dalton Portella, Kimberly Goff, Judith Witlin, Sander Witlin, Lucy Cookson, Dinah Maxwell Smith, Alice Ryan, Allan Ryan, John Rist and Trevor Boteler.
The benefit is invitation only at the Dora Frost Studio, 15 Windmill Lane in Southampton on Saturday, June 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will run at the gallery through Tuesday, June 17.