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Artist’s intricate paper sculptures highlight the plight of endangered species

A Filipino graphic designer and art director has created a stunning series of paper sculptures depicting endangered animals. The artworks are for sale and half of the proceeds will go to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Patrick Cabral has worked in the past for various well-known brands like Coca-Cola and San Miguel, the largest food, beverage and packaging company in Southeast Asia.

He has recently partnered with WWF Philippines to create a collection of intricate paper sculptures of endangered animals such as pandas, tigers, rhinos, and pangolins. The items are cut by hand and feature complex shapes and patterns that make up each creature’s face.

The Manila-based artist’s works will be sold over at Acts of Kindness, a web-app and platform that allows artists to access a larger audience, and in turn, creators donate at least 20 percent of their sales to the listed charity of their choice.

In this case, the beneficiary is the Philippines branch of WWF, which has 13 project sites all over the country and holds a vital role in protecting and preserving the population of Tamaraws and Whale Sharks in the region.

What’s scaly from tip to tail and can curl into a ball? Pangolins! These solitary, primarily nocturnal animals, are easily recognized by their full armor of scales. A startled pangolin will cover its head with its front legs, exposing its scales to any potential predator. If touched or grabbed it will roll up completely into a ball, while the sharp scales on the tail can be used to lash out. Also called scaly anteaters because of their preferred diet, pangolins are increasingly victims of illegal wildlife crime—mainly in Asia and in growing amounts in Africa—for their meat and scales. Eight species of pangolins are found on two continents. They range from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered. Four species live in Africa: Black-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla), White-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis), Giant Ground pangolin (Smutsia gigantea) and Temminck's Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii). The four species found in Asia: Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), Philippine pangolin (Manis culionensis), Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) and the Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla). All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws, and two are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/64/Patrick-Cabral/Pangolin or follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Find out more about WWF’s initiative on Pangolin at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/pangolin Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds. Let me know what other endangered animals you want to see on paper cut on the comments.

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“I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of representatives from WWF,” said Cabral. “they were very passionate about saving these endangered species, and at the same time helping the communities around the habitat of these species. I wanted to help more than by just making these artworks in the safe confines of my home.”

Each of Cabral’s highly adorned paper sculptures comes encased in a 16×16 inch square or a 6×20 inch rectangle. If you’re interested in his work you can check out his Instagram feed, where he regularly posts updates of his amazingly delicate creations.

March 3 is UN Wildlife Day. 3 months ago I posted on Instagram that I wanted to create something for Charity. In just few days, a startup called AOK (Acts Of Kindness) contacted me and said they want to collaborate and turn this into reality. I will talk more about @aoklife and @wwfphilippines during the course of this project which I created 15 big paper cut of endangered animals. To start of, let me talk about the first of 15, the Polar Bears 🙂 The reason why I picked them as the first animal for this series, due to the fact that the destruction of their habitat has a strong effect not just to the environment, but to you and me. We all have to realise, we are all connected to nature and #weareallendangered You can purchase this artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/25/Patrick-Cabral/Polar-Bear 50% of the proceeds will be donated to @wwfphilippines ———— (More info. via http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/polar-bear) Polar bears are classified as marine mammals because they spend most of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. They have a thick layer of body fat and a water-repellant coat that insulates them from the cold air and water. Considered talented swimmers, they can sustain a pace of six miles per hour by paddling with their front paws and holding their hind legs flat like a rudder. Polar bears spend over 50% of their time hunting for food, but less than 2% of their hunts are successful. Their diet mainly consists of ringed and bearded seals because they need large amounts of fat to survive. The total polar bear population is divided into 19 units or subpopulations. Of those, the latest data from the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group show that three subpopulations are in decline and that there is a high estimated risk of future decline due to climate change. Because of ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change, polar bears were listed as a threatened species in the US under the Endangered Species Act in May 2008. The survival and the protection of the polar bear habitat are urgent issues for WWF.

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The first thing I read on Facebook today was "Poachers Break Into French Zoo, Kill White Rhino And Steal His Horn” . "Poachers forced their way into a French zoo and killed a southern white rhinoceros named Vince, sawing off one of his horns before fleeing into the night." "Despite bans by international convention and French law, the illegal sale of rhino horns persists because of demand for use in traditional Asian medicine. A kilogram of rhino horn sold on the black market for nearly $54,000 in 2015, according to the zoo.” The white rhino is an endangered species, with an estimated 21,000 remaining in the wild across the world, mainly in South Africa and Uganda. Their horns are sought after in Asia, where they are valued for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. Someone actually suggested that maybe we should cut-off all their horns to prevent poachers from killing Rhinos. It’s infuriating how we are at the point that people are considering this as a solution. This animal was the hardest one to make. I really want to make something that highlights Rhinos specially when @inkhappythoughts shared that there are only three northerns whites left and it’s guarded 24/7 by armed men. This papercut is inspired by Albrecht Durer’s woodcut from 1515 . It’s one of my most favourite image ever. The first time I saw it was from an encyclopaedia and it has been seared into my memory. I want to make a piece that I would personally would want to keep and this one is among my most favourite. You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/27/Patrick-Cabral/Rhinoceros or follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Find out more about WWF’s initiative on Rhinos at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/rhino Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds. Let me know what other endangered animals you want to see on paper cut on the comment section.

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