We last saw South African based artist, Sonny on the streets of New York a few weeks ago when he painted a huge lion for his latest art initiative To The Bone. Now Sonny is back in New york, with The LISA Project NYC, as part of Project CAT, a partnership with Discovery Communications to raise awareness and help double the world’s wild tiger population.
Currently we have lost 96% of wild tigers in the last century! Discovery is helping to bring them back by conserving nearly a million acres of protected land on the border of India and Bhutan, this collaboration aims to ensure a healthy habitat for future generations of tigers, thus supporting WWF’s vital work to protect these endangered big cats and their habitats.
“Discovery has long been committed to telling the stories and protecting the creatures that make our planet extraordinary. With Project C.A.T., Conserving Acres for Tigers, we’re making it our mission to ensure a future for tigers and other endangered wildlife so there will always be stories to tell”. Project C.A.T. Discovery
“As a large predator, tigers are an umbrella species. They play a key role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. By protecting tigers and their habitat, we’re also helping to protect other at risk animals that share this habitat, like Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos, clouded leopards and important prey species. Since tigers need vast amounts of land to thrive, this initiative also protects vital forests, which in turn benefits local communities, and the planet as a whole”. Project C.A.T. Discovery
Tigers have become very vulnerable animals, they face multiple threats from poaching, habitat loss and fragmentation, conflict with humans and overhunting of their prey species.
Sonny wowed New Yorkers with another fierce animal, this one dominating the Soho streets.
Also check out Hua Tunan’s work with WWF and Tiger Beer to help double the tiger population by the Chinese new year 2022 here.
Photo Credit our good friend @Just_a_spectator