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Meet Joe Lee, AKA Professor Animalia. Joe, along with his wife Bess, created this exhibit, Professor Animalia’s Menagerie of Struggling Species, to raise awareness of the plight of animals due to human impact. In the past, Joe worked with circuses and Bess was a public school art teacher, so their combined experiences converge on this sideshow banner-themed project. Joe and Bess are longtime supporters of Earth Charter Indiana and so have given us the opportunity to display the works on our site, as well as find exhibit opportunities for their live show; note the works of art are are approximately 2 1/2’ X 3’ circus poster-sized banners. See the bottom of this page for a photo of the artists.

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We have coloring books, t-shirts, and prints. Quantities are limited! All purchases are a donation to ECI.


 
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ELEPHANT

What: family: Elephantidae; order: Proboscidea Click here
Status: African elephant: vulnerable, Asian elephant: endangered
Why: climate change (African and Asian), shrinking habitat, poaching
Action:

Curriculum:

See how elephants are evolving to lose their tusks here!

Watch elephants and other African wildlife in this live camera in Kenya.

Explore this website created by an 18-year old activist to read about how you can get involved, how you can start a school club, and more.

To buy an Elephant Print, visit our Store.

 

 

box Turtle

What: family: Emydidae; order: Testudines Click here
Status:
vulnerable
Why:
illegal trade, sprawling development, agriculture
Action:
Support smarter urban development, rapid transit
Curriculum:

To buy a Backbox Turtle print, click here!

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Bee Hummingbird

What: family: Trochilidae; order: Apodiformes Click here
Status:
near threatened
Why:
habitat loss

To buy a Caribbean Cutie Print, click here!

 

 

Black Rhino

What: family: Rhinocerotidae; order: Perissodactyla Click here
Status:
critically endangered
Why:
poaching, climate change, political conflict
Action:
Take climate action by lowering your own carbon footprint, and get involved in local resiliency efforts.
Curriculum:

To buy a Black Rhino print, click here!

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Galapagos Penguin

What: family: spheniscidae; order: sphenisciformes Click here
Click here for distribution map
Status:
endangered
Why:
climate change, avian malaria,
Action:
Take climate action by lowering your own carbon footprint, and get involved in local resiliency efforts.

To buy a Penguin Print, click here!

 

 

Giraffe

What: family: Giraffidae; order: Artiodactyla Click here
Click here for an in-depth conservation guide
Status:
vulnerable
Why:
illegal poaching (for their tails and meat), loss of acacia trees
Action:

Curriculum:

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european Honey Bee

What: Click here
Status:
“challenged”*
Why:
neonicotinoid (see infographic here), climate change, pollution, habitat loss, pesticide/fungicide
Action:

*It is important to note that the European honey bee is not native to the US and is not technically considered endangered. However, there are over 4,000 species of bees in the US, and some of them are endangered. For example:

Check out the Honey Bee Hive Cam

To buy a Bee Print, click here!

 

Indiana Bat

What: family: Vespertilionidae; order: Chiroptera Click here
Status:
near threatened
Why:
habitat loss, pesticides, White Nose Syndrome
Action:

Curriculum:

Read about how this teen worked to educate others on white-nose syndrome.

To buy an Indiana Bat Print, visit our Store!

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Kakapo

What: family: Strigopidae; order: Psittaciformes Click here
See distribution map here
Status:
critically endangered
Why:
Predation
Curriculum:

To buy a Kakapo Print, click here!


Monarch Butterfly

What: family: Nymphalidae; order: Lepidoptera Click here
Status:
under status review
Read the petition to protect the monarch under the Endangered Species Act
Why:
climate change (another report here), herbicides
Action:

Curriculum

To buy a Monarchs Print, click here!

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Orangutan

What: family: Hominidae; order: Primates Click here
Status:
critically endangered
Why:
habitat loss, palm oil plantations (more about the effects of palm oil here), illegal poaching, threats to rainforests.
Action:

Curriculum:

See how this teen became a youth ambassador for orangutans!

To buy an Orangutan Print, click here!

 

Sea Turtle

What: family: Cheloniidae; order: Testudines Click here
Status:
endangered
Why:
caught as bycatch, habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, coastal development
Action:

  • Carry reusable water bottles, bags, etc.

Curriculum:

Track sea turtle movement here!

To buy a Sea Turtle Print, click here!

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Tapir

What: family: Tapiridae; order: Perissodactyla Click here
Status:
Malay, Mountain, Baird’s tapir: endangered; Lowland tapir: vulnerable

To buy a Tapir Print, click here!

 

Tiger

What: family: Felidae; order: Carnivora Click here
Status:
endangered
Why:
poaching, retaliatory killings, habitat loss, climate change
Action:
Curriculum:

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Vaquita Porpoise

What: family: Phocoenidae; order: Cetacea Click here
Status:
critically endangered
Why:
entanglement in gillnets
Action:

Curriculum:

Did you know? There are as few as 10 vaquitas left in the world. Act now to help save these animals!

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Joe (left) and Bess surround ECI Executive Director Jim Poyser at an exhibit at the Harrison Center for the Arts in January, 2019.

Joe (left) and Bess surround ECI Executive Director Jim Poyser at an exhibit at the Harrison Center for the Arts in January, 2019.