Africa Weeks For The Animals: Part 2. The Art of the Silverback Mountain Gorilla

It’s safe to say that all gorillas are critically endangered despite some numbers that are hard to make due to political instability. We turn our student’s attention toward the mountain gorillas which reside in our neck of the woods and we begin to dissect the different members of a gorilla family or group. We start with the chief of the family, the silverback. Please find below a snapshot of our silverback learning beginning with a short video followed by a sample of our children’s oil crayon resist painting exercise of a bipedal silverback.

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Video. The Art of the Silverback Mountain Gorilla by Art of Conservation students in Rwanda

Bipedal Silverback Mountain Gorillas.  Art of Conservation (c) 2011.Bipedal silverback oil crayon and watercolor resist drawing, no. 1.

Bipedal Silverback Mountain Gorillas.  Art of Conservation (c) 2011.Bipedal silverback oil crayon and watercolor resist drawing, no. 2.

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Art of Conservation joins Animal World USA-International in its 2nd Africa Weeks for the Animals beginning 1 August 2011! Throughout this week, we will be featuring an inside look at our conservation and health lessons taught in Rwanda by the AoC team which focus on the protection of the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Mountain gorilla habitat consists of two small areas in Africa- The Virunga Massif and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With only 786 mountain gorillas left in the world, I hope you will agree that intense effort must continue to be made for this species survival. AoC’s role in gorilla protection involves working with rural communities which surround gorilla habitat.

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