Monthly Archives: July 2011

Baiji by Sonya Hallett


Today we have a painting of the baiji river dolphin by Sonya Hallett. The baiji was found in the Yangtze River. It was a beautiful creature, and fascinated the ancient Chinese who according to legend believed it to be the spirit of a drowned princess. You may be noticing all the past tense I’m using. That is because the baiji is probably extinct. For years people were calling for the baiji to be protected and for breeding programs to be set up. But those cries were ignored and as the Yangtze grew more congested with traffic and pollution the population of baiji grew smaller and smaller. The most recent population survey in 2009 was unable to find a single live specimen, and barring some miracle this means that the baiji is lost forever.



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Abu Markub, by Sabine Bartel

Sabine has sent to me the fully finished version of her comic from our live event. This lovely comic was done in pen with ink wash. You may remember our earlier post about the shoebill, well Sabine did a lot of research on this bird. She found an old text written by the first western explorers to see the bird, and from their descriptions she became inspired to make this short comic.


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