Alfred Russel Wallace predicted that human activities would drive many island species to extinction and he was correct. Currently in the Malay Archipelago, the Sun Bear, the Bornean Orangutan, and the Yellow-Crested Cockatoo to name a few face extinctions. This is predominantly due to deforestation and poaching. To raise awareness of this harsh reality, outdoor lifestyle magazine Another Escape and Under the Skin of Endangered Animals have collaborated to produce screen prints of each of the animals at risk. These prints, when under UV light, reveal the skeleton of the animal representing what the future will hold for the species unless action is taken.

Malaysian Sun Bear
BirdPhotos.com [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The project was printed on Fedrigoni’s Freelife recycled paper ensuring that no habitat damage is caused, it is also part of the Carbon Balanced Paper project which works in conjunction with World Land Trust. The Carbon Balanced Paper project offers printers, paper makers and distributors through the purchase and preservation of forests a way of balancing the carbon impact of their activities.

Six charities have been selected from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation to the Turtle Survival Alliance to receive 20% of the proceeds from each print to help protect the endangered animals. It is hoped that these prints will both raise awareness of the extinction risk that many species in the Malay Archipelago face and help to save them.

Featured Image Credit: Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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