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WOLVES

Sunday 25th February 2024 11am-1pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF £35 (10% donated)

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Join us to meet, draw, and fall in love with our incredible Wolf pack. Our much adored models are in fact a family of British Lupine wolf dog hybrids, who look just like wild wolves, howl at the moon and live in a pack, but are just as tame and friendly as your own pet pooches!

The class will begin with an introduction and drawing demo by wildlife artist Laura Cuppage who will be on hand throughout the session to guide you through the process of drawing animals from life. As the session progresses we will hear from canine behavioural expert and “head wolf” Natalie Langstrom, who will teach us all about wolf-dogs and wild wolf conservation. Natalie is incredibly knowledgeable about all things canine and will be happy to answer any questions you have.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Wolf Watch UK.

WOLVES

Sunday 25th February 2024 2pm-4pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF £35 (10% donated)

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Join us to meet, draw, and fall in love with our incredible Wolf pack. Our much adored models are in fact a family of British Lupine wolf dog hybrids, who look just like wild wolves, howl at the moon and live in a pack, but are just as tame and friendly as your own pet pooches!

The class will begin with an introduction and drawing demo by wildlife artist Laura Cuppage who will be on hand throughout the session to guide you through the process of drawing animals from life. As the session progresses we will hear from canine behavioural expert and “head wolf” Natalie Langstrom, who will teach us all about wolf-dogs and wild wolf conservation. Natalie is incredibly knowledgeable about all things canine and will be happy to answer any questions you have.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Wolf Watch UK.

RAINFOREST ANIMALS

Monday 26th February 2024 6.30pm-8.30pm SEA Life London Aquarium, SE1 7PB £35 (50% donated)

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Take a trip to the rainforest with us, at an after-hours drawing class at SEA Life London Aquarium. We will be exploring the rainforest area, which is home to an amazing array of species such as Dwarf Crocodiles, Snapping Turtles, Tarantulas and Piranhas! You will have free reign to wander the space, sketching whichever species you are drawn to.

The class will begin with an introduction from one of the aquarium’s expert team members, who will teach us all about rainforest habitats and the issues affecting them. You will then be given some top drawing tips from illustrator Jennie Webber, who will be on hand throughout the session with as much creative guidance as you’d like. We will provide everything you need to get sketching- a drawing board, paper and a wide range of materials to experiment with, but if you have any trusty favourites do feel free to bring them along too. The class is open to all abilities- whether you’re a dab hand or an absolute beginner, with a few of our top tips for drawing moving models, we’re sure to have you sketching away in no time!

50% of each ticket will be donated to the aquarium’s partner charity SEA Life Trust.

FIERCE FEMALES

Saturday 9th March 2024 11am-1pm Carousel, W1T 1RL £35 (10% donated)

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*Please note that gift vouchers are not valid on this class, as the venue are managing the ticket sales.*

This International Women’s Day, take flight and join us for a drawing class focused on the fascinating lives of female birds of prey.

We will be in the company of three stunning birds, and getting an insight into their unique adaptations from an expert falconer. Leading the flock, a sleek and nimble Harris Hawk. These birds live in complex social hierarchies, always led by a dominant alpha female. Next on the bill (or should we say beak) will be Mauve, a surprisingly gentle and affectionate Hooded Vulture. The ancient Egyptians regarded vultures as sacred because they believed that they were all female. They represented motherhood and birth, and were protected by the pharaohs. The final bird we will meet is one of the largest species of owl- an awe-inspiring Great Grey named Frederika (AKA Fred). Female owls tower over their male counterparts, usually being around a third bigger. This allows them to lay eggs, fiercely protect themselves and their young, and enables them to hunt bigger species than the males can manage.

The class will be led by nature illustrator Jennie Webber, who will get you started with an introduction to observational drawing, and her top tips for sketching moving ‘models’. Throughout the session, Jennie will be on hand with as much creative guidance as you’d like, and WLD’s birds of prey expert Paul will be happy to answer any questions that you have.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Vulpro to support their aim to save African vultures.

FIERCE FEMALES

Saturday 9th March 2024 2pm-4pm Carousel, W1T 1RL £35 (10% donated)

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*Please note that gift vouchers are not valid on this class, as the venue are managing the ticket sales.*

This International Women’s Day, take flight and join us for a drawing class focused on the fascinating lives of female birds of prey.

We will be in the company of three stunning birds, and getting an insight into their unique adaptations from an expert falconer. Leading the flock, a sleek and nimble Harris Hawk. These birds live in complex social hierarchies, always led by a dominant alpha female. Next on the bill (or should we say beak) will be Mauve, a surprisingly gentle and affectionate Hooded Vulture. The ancient Egyptians regarded vultures as sacred because they believed that they were all female. They represented motherhood and birth, and were protected by the pharaohs. The final bird we will meet is one of the largest species of owl- an awe-inspiring Great Grey named Frederika (AKA Fred). Female owls tower over their male counterparts, usually being around a third bigger. This allows them to lay eggs, fiercely protect themselves and their young, and enables them to hunt bigger species than the males can manage.

The class will be led by nature illustrator Jennie Webber, who will get you started with an introduction to observational drawing, and her top tips for sketching moving ‘models’. Throughout the session, Jennie will be on hand with as much creative guidance as you’d like, and WLD’s birds of prey expert Paul will be happy to answer any questions that you have.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Vulpro to support their aim to save African vultures.

WOLVES

Thursday 21st March 2024 7pm-9pm Royal Society of Sculptors, SW7 3RA £35 (10% donated)

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Sharpen your pencils and your claws, and come join our pack! At this class we will be drawing our favourite family of British Lupine wolf-dogs. This stunning hybrid species have real wolves in their bloodline, and are dead ringers for their wild relatives. They howl at the moon and live in a pack, but are gorgeously tame and friendly. Our pack also happen to be quite the celebrities, having starred in photoshoots, TV shows and films- try to act cool when you meet them though, yeah?

Hosting the session will be animal-obsessed illustrator Laura Cuppage, who will guide you through the process of drawing wolf-dogs from life. She will provide her top tips on drawing moving models, and will be all ears for any questions you have. We will also be joined by “head wolf” Natalie Langstrom, who will share the extensive knowledge of these animals she’s gathered over her many years working as a canine behavioural expert. Natalie is a fierce advocate for wild wolves and will give an insight into the species and their conservation.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Wolf Watch UK.

MINIATURE PIGS

Sunday 24th March 2024 11am-1pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF £35 (10% donated)

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What better way to spend a Sunday than making friends with a couple of adorable miniature pigs? Join us for a fun-filled drawing class where we will bust some myths about this wonderful species! Often portrayed as stupid and smelly, pigs are in fact very clean, and highly intelligent. They are emotional creatures that form close bonds, love to explore, and are great problem solvers.

We will be joined by the team at Kew Little Pigs, who will be bringing along two of their finest youngsters- Bambi and Kingsley. These spirited siblings love being made a fuss of and are ready to strut their stuff. The class will be led by artist Laura Cuppage, who will get you started with her top tips for drawing moving ‘models’. Throughout the session, Laura will be on hand with as much creative guidance as you’d like, and the Kew Little Pigs team will be all ears for your piggy ponderings.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Farms Not Factories.

MINIATURE PIGS

Sunday 24th March 2024 2pm-4pm Town Hall Hotel, E2 9NF £35 (10% donated)

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What better way to spend a Sunday than making friends with a couple of adorable miniature pigs? Join us for a fun-filled drawing class where we will bust some myths about this wonderful species! Often portrayed as stupid and smelly, pigs are in fact very clean, and highly intelligent. They are emotional creatures that form close bonds, love to explore, and are great problem solvers.

We will be joined by the team at Kew Little Pigs, who will be bringing along two of their finest youngsters- Bambi and Kingsley. These spirited siblings love being made a fuss of and are ready to strut their stuff. The class will be led by artist Laura Cuppage, who will get you started with her top tips for drawing moving ‘models’. Throughout the session, Laura will be on hand with as much creative guidance as you’d like, and the Kew Little Pigs team will be all ears for your piggy ponderings.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Farms Not Factories.

CHICKS (FAMILY CLASS)

Friday 5th April 2024 10.30am-11.30am Walthamstow Wetlands, N17 9NH £25 (10% donated)

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*Please note that gift vouchers are not valid on this class, as the venue are managing the ticket sales.*

Hop into Spring with a fun and feathery family class drawing dainty and adorable chicks. Our ‘models’ will be newly hatched baby chickens from Mudchute Farm, who will be carefully brought along to the class by our friendly farm animal expert Michelle. Each of the chicks we will draw is a rare breed, and most are on the Rare Breed Survival Watchlist. We can’t say for sure just yet, but we are hoping to be joined by some ducklings too, pending hatching success. While we draw we will learn all about the fascinating life cycle of these birds and there will be plenty of time for questions too, so even the most curious little minds will be satisfied!

No need to get in a flap about your artistic skills, because artist Jennie Webber will be on hand throughout the session with plenty of creative guidance. The class will begin with some warm-up exercises which are sure to get the whole family sketching. We will provide everything you need- paper, pencils and lots of colourful materials- but feel free to bring along your own kit if you’d like. By the end of the session, you will have lots of new facts about ducks and chickens as well as some lovely drawings to take home.

10% of each ticket will be donated to British Hen Welfare Trust.

CHICKS (FAMILY CLASS)

Friday 5th April 2024 12.30pm-1.30pm Walthamstow Wetlands, N17 9NH £25 (10% donated)

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*Please note that gift vouchers are not valid on this class, as the venue are managing the ticket sales.*

Hop into Spring with a fun and feathery family class drawing dainty and adorable chicks. Our ‘models’ will be newly hatched baby chickens from Mudchute Farm, who will be carefully brought along to the class by our friendly farm animal expert Michelle. Each of the chicks we will draw is a rare breed, and most are on the Rare Breed Survival Watchlist. We can’t say for sure just yet, but we are hoping to be joined by some ducklings too, pending hatching success. While we draw we will learn all about the fascinating life cycle of these birds and there will be plenty of time for questions too, so even the most curious little minds will be satisfied!

No need to get in a flap about your artistic skills, because artist Jennie Webber will be on hand throughout the session with plenty of creative guidance. The class will begin with some warm-up exercises which are sure to get the whole family sketching. We will provide everything you need- paper, pencils and lots of colourful materials- but feel free to bring along your own kit if you’d like. By the end of the session, you will have lots of new facts about ducks and chickens as well as some lovely drawings to take home.

10% of each ticket will be donated to British Hen Welfare Trust.

CHICKS

Tuesday 9th April 2024 7pm-9pm Camley Street Natural Park, N1C 4PW £35 (10% donated)

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*Please note that gift vouchers are not valid on this class, as the venue are managing the ticket sales.*

Join us to celebrate the arrival of Spring with an especially cute class drawing newly hatched chicks. These downy darlings will be flying over from their home at Mudchute Farm, accompanied by our friendly farm animal expert Michelle. Each of the chicks we will draw is a rare breed, and most are on the Rare Breed Survival Watchlist. We can’t say for sure just yet, but we are hoping to be joined by some ducklings too, pending hatching success! While we draw we will discuss animal welfare in the egg production industry, and a representative from the British Hen Welfare Trust will give us some advice about egg labelling, as well as telling us about the charity’s wonderful work rescuing retired commercial hens.

The class will be led by nature illustrator Laura Cuppage, who will begin with an introduction to drawing animals from life, and her top tips on drawing moving animals. The class is open to all abilities, and all artistic styles are celebrated. We will provide everything you need to get drawing- drawing boards, paper and a range of materials- but feel free to bring along your own kit if you’d like. Our goal for the session is for you to leave with both some lovely drawings and a greater understanding and appreciation of the species we have drawn.

10% of each ticket will be donated to British Hen Welfare Trust.

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FARMYARD TOUR

Sunday 14th April 2024 12pm-2pm Spitalfields City Farm, E1 5AR £35 (£10 donated)

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Let’s celebrate the arrival of Spring with a cheerful romp around the farm, shall we? At this class we will draw lovely lambs, gorgeous guinea pigs, beautiful bunnies and cheeky chickens. While we sketch the animals, farm manager Jenny will teach us all about each species and tell us about the outreach projects that take place at the farm, which help local people foster a connection to nature. We will also have a chance to wander through the space to admire the other species, and check out the community veg garden.

The class will be led by nature artist Jennie Webber, who will begin with an introduction to observational drawing. Of course, our “models” aren’t likely to hold a pose for us (unless they feel like having a kip) but worry not because Jennie has plenty of tips and tricks which will help you draw moving animals. The class is open to all abilities, and all artistic styles are celebrated. We believe that drawing is a great way to learn more about a subject, and hope that you will leave the session with not only some sketches to be proud of but a deeper understanding and appreciation of the species we’ve studied.

£10 of each ticket will be donated to Spitalfields City Farm.

SPRINGTIME SCENES

Saturday 20th April 2024 11am-4pm WWT London Wetlands £60 (incl. entrance fee)

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Dip your toes into landscape drawing at this full-day workshop at the London Wetlands Centre. With its reeds, mossy banks and spring wildflowers, the wetlands are a haven for our “models”- the resident birds, insects and amphibians who will populate our artworks. Our group will be comfortably stationed in the indoor observatory, with views across the reed beds- the perfect spot to watch all the comings and goings on the lakes. If the weather is fine we will also spend some time drawing outside, and pay a visit to the resident otters.

Artist Jennie Webber will lead the session, guiding you through the process of observational landscape drawing with positivity and enthusiasm. She will begin by outlining the basics of composing a landscape artwork touching on proportion, depth of field and composition. There will be time to experiment with mark-making whilst drawing from life, using a range of materials to add flourishes of detail, texture and light quality. By the end of the session you will have gained creative confidence, artworks you can be proud of and a greater understanding of the importance of wetland habitats.

All ability levels are welcome at this class, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced artist. There is always joy and relaxation to be found when drawing beautiful landscapes and observing wildlife. We will provide paper, drawing boards and a colourful range of materials for you to use.

The price for the class includes your entrance fee to the London Wetlands Centre and you are very welcome to explore the wetlands before or after the workshop.

SEA TURTLES

Monday 22nd April 2024 6.30pm-8.30pm SEA LIFE London Aquarium, SE1 7PB £35 (50% donated)

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This Earth Day, dive into the big blue with us at a serene after-hours class at the London Aquarium. This time we will be focusing our attention on Boris and Gonzales; two green sea turtles who came to the aquarium through a rescue project in the Cayman Islands. These gentle giants are one of the largest types of turtle, and are the only herbivores in the species group. They always eat their greens, enjoying a diet of seagrass and algae.

We will begin with a talk from a member of the aquarium team who will teach us all about green sea turtles, their biology, and the issues affecting them in the wild- from the fishing industry to plastic pollution. The class will be led by Laura Cuppage, an artist who specialises in drawing animals and nature. Laura will give an introduction to drawing from life and her top tips for drawing underwater animals. She will be floating around throughout the session to provide creative guidance, to help you get your turtles looking tip-top. Although we will be concentrating on the turtles, you will have free reign to wander through the space, sketching the sharks, ogling the octopi and eyeing up the eels at your will.

50% of each ticket will be donated to SEA LIFE Trust.

HAWKS AND FALCONS

Monday 20th May 2024 7pm-9pm Ducie Street Warehouse, M1 2TP £35 (10% donated)

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We are taking wing and flying up to Manchester, for an evening drawing three stunning birds of prey. Leading the flock will be the fastest species of bird on earth- the peregrine falcon. These birds reach staggering speeds of 200mph! We will also be joined by a pure white Gryfalcon. With their artful camouflage, this beautiful arctic species blends into its snowy surroundings perfectly. Finally, we will meet a very rare species- the African harrier hawk. These raptors have incredible climbing skills- thanks to their double-jointed knees!

The class will begin with an introduction from wildlife artist Jennie Webber, who will give her top tips for animals drawing from life. We will then be introduced to our fine feathered models by expert falconer David. While we draw, we will learn all about these fascinating species, and there will be plenty of time for any questions that you have. No prior art experience is needed to join the session- all abilities are welcome, and all artistic styles are celebrated! We will provide everything you need- drawing boards, paper and a colourful range of materials to experiment with.

10% of each ticket will be donated to Gauntlet Conservation Trust.

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ONLINE CLASSES

FLYING FOXES (LIVE)

Saturday 24th February 2024 11am-12.30pm GMT Online Class £12, 50% donated

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Take a break from the cold with a virtual trip to the sunny Seychelles, for a live session drawing rescued Flying Foxes. These fascinating fruit bats are the only mammals that are native to the Seychelles, and play a crucial role in the local ecosystem. As they fly from tree to tree feasting on tropical fruits, they pollinate the lush forests in which they live. Because of this, they are considered an “umbrella species” meaning their wellbeing affects the health of all the species they live alongside.

Who better to join us for this class than Tamara Dreyer? She is the co-founder of Protect Paradise, a charity and sanctuary specialising in caring for Seychelles flying foxes. This charity is a great example of the difference individuals can make. Their story began in 2017 when Tamara came across a baby flying fox drowning in a river. She pulled the pup to safety, but when searching for a rescue centre on the island to take him to she discovered that there wasn’t one- and so decided to set one up herself! Since then the charity has gone from strength to strength, and is a haven for flying foxes as well as many other local species. Tamara will be live streaming from the sanctuary and will introduce us to Moses (that little pup from the river, now fully grown and handsome as you like) and his flying fox friends.

50% of profits will be donated to Protect Paradise.

NAKED MOLE RATS (LIVE)

Thursday 7th March 2024 7pm-8.30pm GMT Online Class £12, 50% donated

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What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by digging down into the matriarchal underground world of naked mole rats? Scientists all over the world are fascinated by this unique species, and so are we. Unusually for mammals, naked mole rats are eusocial, meaning they live in large colonies similar to those of ants or bees. Each colony has a single dominant queen who is the only female who reproduces. Over her long life, a queen may give birth to as many as 900 babies!

Joining the session to illuminate us on these bald burrowers will be Chris Faulkes, a Reader in Evolutionary Ecology at Queen Mary University of London. Chris is a specialist on naked mole rats, and is the proud owner of his own colony which he has been studying in his lab since the 1980’s! Chris will introduce us to the gang and teach us all about the species, from their complex social lives to their remarkably long life spans, and why some researchers believe that they could hold the key to human immortality! Nature illustrator Jennie Webber will be hosting the session, and will begin with an introduction to anatomical drawing, and her top tips on capturing those striking features on your page. While we sketch there will be time for plenty of questions so you will come away with not only some fab sketches but a whole load of naked mole rat knowledge too!

50% of profits will be donated to Chris’ chosen charity People’s Trust For Endangered Species.

THE MOON

Tuesday 19th March 2024 7pm-8.30pm GMT Online Class £12

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Join us for our first-ever astrological class, which will take place on the Spring Equinox, a few evenings before the March full moon. Significant in cultures across the world, this moon marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. It goes by many names- Worm Moon, Eagle Moon and Sugar Moon to name just a few. Joining to illuminate us on the mysteries of the Moon will be Michael Lomotey- doctoral researcher, environmentalist and self-confessed “luna-tic”. Michael will teach us all about the moon, it’s orbit, and it’s impact on our lives and culture.

On hand to help you get your moon sketches glowing will be artist Jennie Webber. This one will be all about shade and tone, so Jennie will provide lots of tips and techniques on how to use pencils effectively to create a dramatic and dynamic moon sketch to treasure. We will be drawing from high-quality reference images, some of which will be photographs that Michael has taken himself.

FLAMINGOS

Wednessay 10th April 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12, 50% donated

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Join us for a class with a serious splash of colour, studying the flamboyance of flamingos that populate Los Olivitos; a vast coastal lagoon in Venezuela. This rich habitat forms part of the land belonging to the indigenous Wayuu people, and is the nesting ground of the largest population of flamingos in the Caribbean. It is also home to several endangered species including manatees, coastal caimans and great anteaters.

We will be joined online by Lourdes Grollimund, the CEO of Mama Tierra. This Swiss non-profit has been working alongside indigenous peoples around the world to achieve social change, conserve lands and showcase traditional craftsmanship since 2015. As well as telling us about her work, Lourdes will be translating for our second guest of the evening, Dr. Lermith Torres. As one of the world’s leading experts on flamingos, Lermith plays a key role in Mama Tierra’s Flamingo Project. Through a combination of animal rescue, research and educational projects for local children, the project is helping to protect the fragile ecosystem of Los Olivitos.

A donation of 50% of profits will be divided between Mama Tierra and ONG Mangle.

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PORCUPINES (LIVE)

Tuesday 16th April 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12, 50% donated

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Join us for a perfectly prickly live online class studying Hairy Dwarf Porcupines. These cool critters spend their lives slowly foraging for seeds, fruit and flower buds in the tree canopies of Central American rainforests. Their prehensile tails have bald tips, which help them get a good grip on tree branches. When it comes to defending themselves, those striking yellow quills come into play. If a predator is brave/foolish enough to attack, they will be left with a face full of barbed quills. Ouch.

We will be live streaming with our friends over at Jaguar Rescue Centre Costa Rica, who will introduce us to a V.I.P (very important porcupine) named Einstein. This charming young man came to the sanctuary back in 2019. Once he was back in good health he was released to La Ceiba forest, but after some time it became clear that he wasn’t able to adapt to life in the wild. At this point the team decided to bring him back to the sanctuary, where he now has a home for life. He’s not mad about it to be honest- this docile dude is quite content, and has a great bond with his carers.

50% of profits will be donated to Jaguar Rescue Centre.

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HARPY EAGLES

Wednesday 29th May 2024 7pm-8.30pm BST Online Class £12, 50% donated

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At this class we will study one of the largest and rarest raptors on Earth- the Harpy Eagle. These incredible animals have wingspans reaching 6.5ft, and their rear talons are as large as the claws of a grizzly bear. In ancient times they were revered as divine creatures- if only the same could be said for today. The species is subject to human persecution, and has reached critically endangered status/extinction in several countries. The remaining population is spread out across Central America where their range is wide but their numbers are few. Education is proving to be an effective conservation method, and there is hope that by instilling a pride and love for the species in younger generations, the fate of these majestic birds could be turned around.

We will be joined online by Anna Bryant, who is the biology coordinator at ARCAS- a grassroots wildlife rescue organisation set up by Guatemalan citizens. Anna will tell us the story of an injured male that ARCAS cared for, which they believe could have been the last harpy eagle in Guatemala. She will explain the reasons that the species have been driven out of the country, and what she and her colleagues are doing to help in the fight to save the species.

50% of profits will be donated to ARCAS Guatemala.

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