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"Through the intricate art of origami, LaFosse and Alexander succeed in educating all ages about wildlife conservation and the importance of preserving our Earth's endangered animals." --Jack Hanna A portion of the proceeds benefit wildlife conservation. An interactive way to foster appreciation and understanding of our planet's endangered species Origami Endangered Animals Kit, from master origami artists Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander, is designed to educate and entertain in equal measure. This origami kit includes everything you need:
- 48 large sheets of high-quality double-sided folding paper
- A full-color 64-page instruction book
- Free online video demonstrations
- Educational notes about endangerment and threatened species
- The Leopard: These big cats are the victims of shrinking habitats and trophy hunters. Only 12,000 to 14,000 remain in the world.
- The Rhinoceros: These animals are frequent targets of poachers. There are 28,000 to 30,000 individuals remaining.
- The Macaque: These clever primates suffer from disease and shrinking habitats as farmlands expand.
- The Gorilla: These critically endangered primates are being rapidly hunted to extinction.
- The Sea Turtle: Ungainly on land, these reptiles are victims of beach development, bycatch, poaching, marine debris, and more.
- The Tiger: A ferocious apex predator, these big cats suffer from shrinking habitats, hunting, and poaching. Only 8,000 to 10,000 individuals remain, half of them in captivity.
- The Elephant: The largest land mammal, these massive herbivores are threatened by habitat loss and poaching.
- The Great White Shark: These impressive predators are critically endangered due from overfishing, and slow reproductive maturity. Only around 3,500 individuals remain.
- The Blue Whale: The largest animal on earth, tipping the scales at over 120 tons These giants were nearly hunted to extinction and are now recovering their numbers, but face many environmental challenges. There are estimated to be 10,000 to 25,000 individuals remaining in the world.
- The Emperor Penguin: These majestic flightless birds live exclusively in the southern hemisphere. Not yet endangered, but severely threatened.
- The Giant Panda: These cuddly bears are threatened by habitat pressure and low birthrates. Only around 1,200 remain in the world.
- The Australian Sea Lion: These mammals spend most of their time in the water and are heavily hunted, their food sources heavily fished out until recently. Fewer than 15,000 individuals remain.
About the Author
Michael G. LaFosse decided he would be an origami artist in 1971, after reading (and rereading) a Readers' Digest article by Leland Stowe, about the amazing folded art of Japanese Master Akira Yoshizawa. An avid teacher, LaFosse co-founded the Origamido Studio, a learning center and design studio dedicated to the art of origami, and the only place in the world specializing in hand papermaking for the origami artist. A biologist by training, LaFosse is one of the most celebrated natural history origami artists. He has spent decades studying plants and animals and re-creating them in detailed folded paper projects. He has also created hundreds of designs now seen in exceptional exhibitions, and published in dozens of books, kits, and videos. Richard L. Alexander met LaFosse in 1988, and together they have produced exhibitions and publications about paper art and origami. Alexander has worked with LaFosse full time since 2003, and since then has made all of the Origamido handmade paper. Alexander also teaches and designs origami, while being responsible for photography, videography, commercial projects, and managing the Origamido Studio gallery spaces and exhibitions.