Thank you, Lowry Park Zoo!
The Tapir Gallery
The Tapir Preservation Fund (TPF), sponsor of The Tapir Gallery Web site, offers our heartfelt thanks to the Lowry Park Zoo of Tampa Bay, Florida, for their generous contribution of $1,928.75 in April 2004. This followed a gift of $150.00 from the zoo in February. In June 2004 TPF gave $1,000.00 of this money to tapir conservationist and scientist Emilio Constantino in Colombia, where three species and one highly endangered subspecies of tapir still survive.
In addition to the $1,000.00 for Emilio's work, we have used funds from Lowry Park to help support a joint tapir project run by the Cali (Colombia) Zoo and the Los Angeles Zoo (California, USA). The project is based in Cali, where original ceramic work of another tapir scientist, Sergio Sandoval, is sold at the zoo to help with funding. You can also find these beautiful painted fired-clay animals in our online Tapir and Friends Wildlife Gift Shop.
You may wonder why we have a picture of an Indian rhino on this page rather than a tapir. (Click the photo for a larger image.) It's simple! Jamie, the rhino, likes to paint with her lip. Keeper Brian Czarnik gives Jamie her painting supplies and then sells her paintings to support conservation efforts. Some of the funds raised from Jamie's artwork as well as money from Lowry Park Zoo's General Conservation Fund were the basis for the recent contributions to TPF. It was also Brian who brought us to the zoo's attention.We appreciate all donations, and we offrer grateful thanks to Lowry Park for their substantial gift, allowing us to lend greater support to ongoing projects that contribute to the tapir's continued success on our planet.
Stay tuned for more photos and info about Jamie and her paintings as well as updates about TPF's supported conservation projects.
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