Artist Photographs and Documents 16 Animal Species in Danger of Extinction in Bolivia

by Susana Castillo López
(La Paz, Bolivia)



With the message that "the conservation and protection of our fauna must be the responsibility of all Bolivians", the artist Susana Castillo López in a new endeavor, has initiated an investigation of the following 16 species of animals presently listed as endangered and in danger of extinction in the Bolivian territory.


The species are:

1) Tapir
2) Pink Dolphin
3) Capibara
4) Andean Condor
5) Flamingo
6) Andean Jaguar
7) Mamaco
8) Spectacles Bear
9) Macaw Red
10) Macaw Blue
11) Pecari
12) Andean Puma
13) Socori
14) Avestruz
15) Quirquincho
16) Vicuña

The launching of this study took place on Sunday July 24, 2011 at the Park Exhibition area designated by the Municipality of La Paz Office of Cultural Promotion located at the Prado Paceño in front of the Monje Campero Theater as a means to elevate the awareness of the situation to those citizens who frequent the Sunday Fairs.

Presentation format: the project includes 73 photographs, of which 45 have been captured by the artist during her last month's lengthy trip that included seven (7) of the nine (9) Departments of the Country. The presentation prepared by Castillo includes 16 each 20 x 30 cm boards illustrating each of the species in danger of extinction.

Also, Castillo has prepared a 33 x 44 cm poster that includes the 16 researched and investigated species.

Among many other ones, the primary causes that threaten the existence of these 16 species are:

- Uncontrolled Slash and Burn of fields for agricultural purposes
- Uncontrolled hunting for meat
- Uncontrolled forest fires
- Uncontrolled hunting for feathers, skins and wool
- Uncontrolled mining activities in their habitats
- Wood burning to make coal for burners
- Habitat encroachments by humans for farming purposes
- Illegal animal commerce as pets
- Hunting for Commercial or Sports motives
- Lack of cultural and educational programs for the preservation of wild species
- Habit degradation
- Uncontrolled hunting for animal parts for medicinal and icons purposes
- Contamination of lakes, rivers and water ways

Other animal species in danger of extinction in Bolivia:

Guacamayo Verde (Green parrot)
Suro aveja nativa (Native suro bee)
Mono Titi del Beni (Titi monkey from the state of Beni)
Licachi Monkey
Long-tailed chinchilla
Giant frog
Other species of frogs
Giant turtle
Giant Armadillo
Jochi pintado (wild boar)
Jochi con cola larga (long-tailed boar)

Final Message: "EXTINCTION IS THE VANISHING OF A SPECIES DUE TO NATURAL CAUSES OR BY HUMAN INTERVENTION. A SPECIES IS CONSIDERED EXTINCT WITH THE PASSING OF THE LAST KNOW MEMBER OF THE SPECIES"

The Country of Bolivia is privileged, it has an extraordinary variety of animal species, however, many of these species are in danger of extinction. Each species is unique as us as humans, HELP US TAKE CARE OF THEM, DO NOT DESTROY THEIR HABITAT AND DO NOT KILL THEM, suggests Castillo.

Also, a presentation has been confirmed to take place during the International Book Fair of La Paz, on August 5th, 2011 from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Salon Werner Guttentag, Circulo de Oficiales del Ejercito, La Paz, Bolivia.

La Paz, August 3rd, 2011

Further information and photographs may be obtained from:

Susana Castillo López
Fine Artist graduated at the University of Texas
www.castillosusana.com - catisusana@gmail.com
Phone: (591- 2) 2431317 or (591) 715-38317

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