Wildlife advocates and supporters gathered in Lower Manhattan (188 Lafayette St) to celebrate the installation of a large-scale new mural raising awareness for endangered tigers and other big cats.
Commissioned by FOUR PAWS, the mural, titled Beyond Borders: The Beauty and Peril of the Tiger, painted by renowned wildlife muralist Sonny Sundancer, is a part of the organization’s #BreaktheViciousCycle campaign calling for the end of the commercial trade of all big cats in South Africa.
FOUR PAWS aims to draw attention to the industry where big cats (ranging from indigenous species such as lions and leopards to exotic species like tigers and jaguars) are farmed in South Africa for international trade. Additionally, the mural draws connections to the US, where more tigers live in private ownership than in the wild.
“The tiger holds a very special place in our hearts. Amidst our unwavering efforts to safeguard this majestic species, we unveil a triumphant three-story dedication to hope and activism as a towering testament to the Endangered Species Act fueled by firm commitment and indomitable will. We hope this message beckons the world to unite in purpose, to preserve endangered life, shield our planet, and forge a future where hope thrives for all living beings,”Danika Oriol-Morway, Country Director, FOUR PAWS USA.
The three-story mural is the first in the FOUR PAWS’ #YearofArt series featuring big cat murals painted and displayed worldwide (including locations in New York, Cape Town, and other cities). The New York City piece will remain up for at least one year.
“Through my work painting large-scale murals around the world, I have seen firsthand the incredible power of art to captivate people and spark conversations, both online and in the streets. With a deep passion for wildlife and big cats, I am truly honoured to be a part of this impactful campaign and hope that my art can help bring awareness to this amazing initiative.”Sonny Sundancer
The Manhattan mural also honours the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a part of the larger ESA at 50 movements. The ESA is a landmark piece of legislation that institutionalized America’s national commitment to conservation and protecting imperilled fish, plants and wildlife and the places they call home. ESA, at 50, celebrates half a century of protecting, conserving, and recovering wildlife from the brink of extinction.
“The Endangered Species Act is one of our most successful environmental laws—99% of the wildlife under its care have been saved from extinction, including the bald eagle, the grizzly bear and humpback whale; as the Act turns 50- years old, we must renew our commitment to future generations by strengthening the law that protects endangered species and the special places they call home.”Leda Huta, Executive Director of the Endangered Species Coalition
This fabulous piece, commissioned by global animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Photo Credit Just a Spectator / Tess Cunliffe