Six key syndicate members implicated in a massive trafficking of poached rhino horns were arrested. The arrests were made by the Hawks supported by Counter Intelligence, Special Task Force, SAPS Forensic Science Service, SANParks, the Department of Environmental Affairs, SARS and Customs including the National Prosecuting Authority. The significant breakthrough follows an investigative - Project Broadbill - by the Wildlife Trafficking Section of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation which commenced in January last year. The project focused on the criminal supply chain of poached rhinos within the Kruger National Park, Kwazulu Natal, Gauteng and other private or state owned reserves The National Head of the DPCI Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has lauded the collaborative action as a huge success in the fight against rhino poaching in the country. “The operation spells hope for rhinos and other endangered species and we are fully committed to eradicating poaching and trafficking.
ACE Award for Conservation Excellence Conservation Hero Update: Joel Berger
The 'Bloody Business' of Wildlife Conservation
A veteran conservationist reckons with his career studying animals in the most extreme places on Earth.
SEP 2, 2018
Jackson, Hole, Wyoming
September 8 - October 10, 2018
Show & Sale: September 14, 5-8pm
The 31st Annual Western Visions®, presented by the National Museum of Wildlife Art, is the signature event of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival. Top contemporary wildlife artists and collectors from around the world will be congregating at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The money raised from this fundraiser supports the Museum. The week’s events, offered at the Museum’s award-winning facility across from the National Elk Refuge, draw an international crowd to this critically acclaimed gathering. During Fall Arts Festival (and year-round), the Museum is a hub for art lovers, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts, and more.
John Banovich will present the new original oil painting "Fresh Powder", oil on belgian linen, 12 x 16 in, $11,000. The painting is available for sale during the event on September 14th, via online bidding through the museum or by contacting Kimberly Fletcher at 307.200.1622 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
ACE Award for Conservation Excellence Conservation Hero Update: Joel Berger
Book Review in Non-Fiction, Science
Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World=
By Joel Berger
University of Chicago Press
Reviewed by Emily Strelow
August 28, 2018
This observant and witty book asks difficult questions about our role in saving species living in extreme climates.
John Banovich painting "Whitetail Autumn" was featured on the cover of Safari Press. Safari Press is a publisher and seller of exceptional-quality hardcover books, audio books, and DVDs with more than one million books in print.
Wuhan Natural History Museum
Artist and conservationist John Banovich was the keynote speaker at the Behring Global Education Foundation Forum with the topic of “The Power of Art to Increase Awareness for Conservation.” Additionally Banovich and Banovich Wildscapes Foundation COO, Kimberly Fletcher participated in the Global Natural History Days program as international judges for the exhibition competition and the painting competition. This was the second year Banovich and Fletcher participated in the event.
Ullas Karanth - 2018 ACE Award for Conservation Excellence Hero
Overall, badly. Instead of the 25,000-50,000 that should be living in the wild, we're urged to "celebrate" a miserable 5000 with annoying frequency.
Today is Global Tiger Day—befittingly so because of the cat's immense popularity among people both in its Asian home and world-wide. It is a day to evaluate where we are headed in the strenuous effort to recover this icon of nature's diversity.
Ullas Karanth has spent a half-century working to protect India’s endangered tigers. In an interview with Yale e360, he argues that with smart planning and the cooperation of its rural residents, the country could support five times the number of tigers it has now.
Thanks to your generous support we managed to collar several cheetahs in the Maasai Mara to get a better insight into their ecology and the threats that they face. We recently used the data from the collars to determine which landscape features cheetahs prefer and avoid. Femke Broekhuis, PhD Scientific Associate Kenya Wildlife Trust, Nairobi Kenya
Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111
June 8-9, 2018
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts its prestigious invitational art exhibit of over 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary artists in the nation. This premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife art, and illustrative scenes are a highlight of the exhibition. John Banovich will present three new works featuring subject matter ranging from the silent thunder of a herd of bison in snow to the paradox between beauty and harshness of nature captured by a quail covey under siege.
Wildlife painter John Banovich takes a more direct approach to animals with his panoramic painting Symbiosis, featuring buffalo running through heavy snow and scattering nearby magpies into the cold winter air. “The black-billed magpie has a long and sordid history with Native Americans and bison. In this symbiotic relationship, the magpies are often found near bison herds feasting on the ticks and ectoparasites found on the shaggy beasts,” he says. “Interesting that the magpie often caches its hoard for consumption at a later date…While the magpie is in the crow family, it is arguably one of North America’s most intelligent birds, and also one of its most beautiful. With a long, iridescent colored tail and wing patches, white chest and wingtips, and coal black face it can be found roaming alongside bison herds across the west. While its diet consists mostly of ground dwelling anthropoids, seed and carrion, it does fancy the blood rich taste of bison and elk’s parasite nemesis…I wanted to portray the movement through the cold air and deep powder of these two symbiotic partners.”
Giraffe expert raises fears the animal faces extinction if conservation efforts don’t happen soon
Dr Julian Fennessy wants action taken urgently as the giraffe population has experienced a rapid overall decline of 40 per cent in the last three decades, and they are already extinct in seven countries.
By Emily Darling
On June 8th, we celebrate World Oceans Day and the many ways our societies are connected to the planet’s oceans. But we also recognize the mounting threats facing our planet’s oceans and the need for new partners to find new and enduring solutions for ocean conservation. One of those partners is Silicon Valley.
Marine Programs, Wildlife Conservation
Society, Bronx, New York
Abstract: A holistic basis for achieving ecosystem-based management is needed to counter the continuing degradation of coral reefs. The high variation in recovery rates of fish, corresponding to fisheries yields, and the ecological complexity of coral reefs have challenged efforts to estimate fisheries sustainability. Yet, estimating stable yields can be determined when biomass, recovery, changes in per area yields and ecological change are evaluated together.
Study to inform plans to protect coral reefs with the greatest chances of surviving the changing climate
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
The authors of the study titled "Thermal energy and stress properties as the main drivers of regional distribution of coral species richness in the Indian Ocean" are: Mebrahtu Ateweberhan of the University of Warwick and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society); Tim R. McClanahan of WCS; Joseph Maina of WCS and the University of Queensland; and Charles Sheppard of the University of Warwick.
Banovich Wildscapes Foundation and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition present
AWARD for CONSERVATION EXCELLENCE (ACE)
sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, the Cabela Family Foundation & Bass Pro Shops
February 14, 2018, Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC
Banovich Wildscapes is pleased to announce that the scientific team of Dr. Nyawira Muthiga and Dr.Tim McClanahan have been awarded the $100,000 2018 Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE). Along with the other four finalists Dr. Joel Berger and Dr. Ullas Karanth, Dr. George Archibald and Dr. David Macdonald, Muthiga and McClanahan were selected from among over 40 applicants.
Dr. Nyawira Muthiga and Dr. Tim McClanahan presented with inaugural award.
The winners are founders of WCS’s coral reef programs and have pushed the frontiers of coral reef science.
At the kickoff of the 36th Southeastern Wildlife Exposition on Wednesday, a new award that is hoped to become “the Oscars for conservation” was given to a duo that have devoted three decades to coral reef conservation.
The 2018 ACE Award for Conservation Excellence is featured on NBC News with an interview with ACE Founder and artist John Banovich and ACE Keynote Speaker General Charles Moss Duke., Jr. Apollo 16, Astronaut.
"Had a serious fan girl moment. Met these 2 amazing gentlemen. Ret. Brigadier General Charles Moss Duke, Jr. Apollo 16 Astronaut. In 1972, he became the 10th and youngest person to walk on the MOON! I also met internationally renowned oil painter John Banovich Awesome! #SEWE2018" Octavia Mitchell
Search for world’s greatest conservation scientists: David Macdonald, founding Director of Oxford’s WildCRU named as global finalist for lifetime Award for Conservation Excellence.
Conservation Scientist David Macdonald Nominee for Prestigious Honour.
(NEW YORK- January 23, 2016) WCS is pleased to announce that four of its scientists, Dr. Joel Berger, Dr. Ullas Karanth, Dr. Nyawira Muthiga and Dr.Tim McClanahan have advanced as finalists for the 2018 Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE) (Drs. Muthiga and McClanahan have been nominated together as one finalist).
FOR INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR CONSERVATION EXCELLENCE
December 7, 2017 in Newsroom, Press Releases, Travels with George
BARABOO, Wis. – George Archibald, Ph.D., co-founder of the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wis., is one of five finalists for the inaugural Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE) presented by the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation and sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, the Cabela Family Foundation, and Bass Pro Shops.
Marine Programs, Wildlife Conservation
Society, Bronx, NY, USA
Abstract: The status of fisheries requires establishing and evaluating benchmarks derived from unfished ecosystems. Habitats, environmental conditions, properties of the fish communities and management systems could potentially influence the variability surrounding benchmarks. Consequently, eighteen variables including habitat, number of species, life histories, thermal and productivity environments were tested for influences on reef fish biomass in 62 reefs within old high compliance closures along the east African coastline.
Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, a non-profit established by artist John Banovich, and the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition have teamed up to acknowledge exceptional contributions to wildlife and nature conservation with the inaugural Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE). The winner will be announced among five finalists at the ACE ceremony on February 14 in Charleston, just before the SEWE show which runs February 16–18.
Set along the gentle slopes of Tanzania’s Sasakwa Hill, deep in the heart of the private Grumeti Game Reserve, Singita Serengeti Househas been one of East Africa’s most sophisticated places to stay since first opening in 2012. Opulent yet seamlessly connected to the nature that surrounds it, the estate offers an exclusive safari experience unlike any other. And now, following an extensive renovation by longtime Singita collaborators and all around safari-design gurus Cécile & Boyd, the buy-out property is even better than before.
Wildlife artist John Banovich and outdoor equipment retailers Cabelas/Bass Pro have created a new Award for Conservation Excellence “to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by the world’s leading conservationists and to become the most significant award in the conservation arena.” http://www.wildscapesfoundation.org/ace-award/about.
It will be awarded for the first time in Feb. 2018, with a first prize of $100,000. Four other finalists will receive $5,000 cash and a $5,000 Cabela’s gift certificate. A videographer will spend time in the field with all five finalists, producing a ten minute film of their work to be shown at the awards ceremony and in the media.
John Banovich, “Clean Water,” oil on linen, 18 x 12 inches
The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, is celebrating 30 years of excellence this September during its annual Show & Sale. The show features a wide selection of art for sale, parties, panel discussions, and more. Details here!
AFC Signature Member, John Banovich has established a new major award through the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation - the Award for Conservation Excellence (ACE). The purpose of the award is to recognize the exceptional contributions made by some of the world's leading conservationists and is intended to become the most significant award in the conservation arena. A call for nominations is now open through August 31, 2017. Nominations for the ACE award can be made here.
An internationally renowned artist and conservationist, he has been studying lion's fate for decades. (A nemzetközileg ismert és elismert művész már évtizedek óta tanulmányozza sorsukat.)
Hosted by Chris & Amy Dorsey
On Monday, March 13th we will explore man's relationship to nature and the ways in which man can co-exist with Big Things With Big Teeth in a world of shrinking habitat."
John Banovich is no stranger to the discerning wildlife art collector. His paintings have adorned the covers of multiple national magazines, the walls of prestigious museums, and the homes of some of the world’s most discriminating connoisseurs. However, Banovich is not a man driven by the possible fruits of success—greatness demands something much more personal than the praise of others or financial reward. It demands a passion for something beyond self, the courage to fail, the humility to learn, and the perseverance to see things through, especially when it is hard and, eventually, the understanding that while perfection may be unachievable, the desire to reach for it should not be subdued.
A look at three of the top wildlife artists of the modern era. by Brad Fitzpatrick
"Three of those great wildlife artists—John Seerey-Lester, John Banovich, and Joshua Spies—have managed to consistently capture the attention of hunters and art collectors. They have done so by masterfully capturing in fine detail a single moment in a quiet place: a moonlit camp with marauding lions, a whitetail buck on a cold au-tumn morning, a duck dropping into a hidden pothole with glassy water, or an old elephant bull in a shroud of African dust. It’s no wonder that hunters are so drawn to the work of these artists, for great wildlife art helps transport us to the wilderness and allows us to live in a moment that might be decades gone."
Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere (MAHB)-Stanford University Blog
John Banovich-Painting Animals and Protecting Wildscapes
John Banovich's commentary on conversation was selected by the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere (MAHB). The MAHB is Stanford's new initiative to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration towards a sustainable future. MAHB is a global network of social scientists, humanists and scholars in related field who utilize their collective knowledge to understand and communicate foresight intelligence and create a vision of plausible and compelling world which is moving towards sustainability and social equality.
"Master of the Herd" featured in National Cowboy & Western Heritage promotional video.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosted its prestigious invitational art exhibit of over 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions and awards banquet. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this prestigious art exhibition. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionist works of art. Landscapes, wildlife and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. John Banovich presentrf his new original oil paintings "Master of the Herd", oil on belgian linen, 12 x 32 in, $21,000 and "Arctic Plunge", oil on belgian linen, 11 x 14 in, $9,300
SEWE is a three-day showcase of everything we love about wildlife and nature. It brings together people of all ages, men and women, sportsmen and conservationists, artists and artisans, fans and families. Through an incredible lineup of events – from fine art exhibits, conservation education, sporting demonstrations and parties, SEWE invites us all to explore our “wild” side and pay tribute to our naturally beautiful world.
For John Banovich, the animals he paints aren’t ones he chooses—they choose him.
Painting animals allows him to fall into a rhythmic dance, the artist says, as the living, breathing and awe-inspiring creatures pull the artist and viewers in with the presence of life. For wildlife fans who aren’t always able to get up close and personal with animals, such as towering bears, majestic elk and mammoth marine life, the 34th annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, February 12 through 14 in Charleston, South Carolina, gives art lovers a glimpse into animal-filled worlds depicted by Banovich and more than 100 other wildlife artists.Art lovers at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition preview gala live auction in 2015.
After nearly 5 years in the making, internationally renowned artist and conservationist, John Banovich has opened a new institution on the wildlife art landscape. The new 6500 square foot Art Center is located in Paradise Valley, Montana - one of the most naturally beautiful and dramatic areas of the US - 11 miles south of Livingston and 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park.
The center aims to vicariously transport its visitors to some of the wildest places on earth. We will be hosting special events, public appearances and important exhibitions centered around the celebration of Wildlife and Wild Places and the important role both play in enriching our lives.
"Through this cultural platform we hope to imbue an understanding that art can move, reveal and inspire to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us; it can paint a face on an idea, a region, a cause and help engage us at visceral level to conserve our wildlife heritage."
￼We are excited to announce that John's daughters, Siana and Mara have their name on a cheetah collar! This is very exciting as this is the first time there have ever been GPS tracking collars placed on cheetah in the Masai Mara reserve. We are so excited that Siana and Mara can begin to have a connection to the place where their names have originated. And on their favorite animal no less. - Exciting day!
Fine Art Connoisseur-Fine Art Today
Featured Artists at SEWE
Andrew Webster - September 24, 2015
SEWE Executive Director John Powell says, “Kyle and Stefan are headlining one of the finest groups of artists I have seen during my tenure with SEWE.” Speaking of last year’s Featured Artists, he adds, “Having John Banovich and Greg Beecham back in Charleston as guest artists, along with over 100 others from around the country, creates such a powerful exhibit of wildlife art, I believe preview packages and Friday ticket sales will be brisk. It will be an exciting time to be a fan of wildlife art and a great time to be in Charleston.”
A Visit with John Banovich at his studio in Carnation, WA
by Bonnie Gangelhoff
Photos by Peter Kuhnlein
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY CHANNEL Episode 107-March 3rd, Episode 108 March 10th. Tune in as expert Chris Dorsey and his team of architects, contractors and craftsmen build an outdoorsman's paradise in Colorado. With mountain vistas, a nearby trout stream, and 7,000 square feet of rustic luxury, this Ultimate Sportsman's Lodge includes a home theater, a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, a dog spa, a wildlife art gallery and more. Guest appearances include Jimmy Kimmel, Jim Belushi, Tom Brokaw and Jeff Foxworthy.
Like a religious revival, Safari Club International summons its faithful to the desert and treats them to a sporting art bonanza unlike any other. This year, Banovich returns to SCI with another epic: a 75- by 50-inch stunner, titled Game of Lions, that functions as a massive window into the savannah of East Africa. As tens of thousands of wildebeest thunder across the plain, two huge male lions dart toward the viewer amid a tangle of hyenas, vultures and Marabou storks.
An Inspiring Artist - John Banovich is a North American oil painter known internationally for his large representations of wildlife. With more than 700 original oil paintings, he reveals the magnificent creatures and habitats of our world.
The Outdoor Group, Inc. Attends 42nd Annual SCI Convention.
Although Banovich and his paintings are always in demand from attendees wanting to visit with the talented artist, the real stars of the show were two adorable Cheetah cubs that Banovich brought in for the convention. It was standing room only at the spacious Banovich booth as the artist talked about the lives of Cheetahs in the wild and what needs to be done in order to insure their existence. It was truly a memorable experience for everyone in attendance.
The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation (BWF) launched the Beast Benefit in January of 2014 to raise funding for the critical projects that BWF supports. Through a silent auction, sales of the Banovich "King" giclee canvas and many generous donations, the efforts raised over $75,000 for the foundation. The Beast Benefit closed with an event held in Las Vegas in February. Held in honor of wildlife conservation, the evening featured many special guests including speakers Dr. Laurence Frank, Living with Lions Project Director, Dr. Lance Craighead, Conservation Director of the Craighead Institute and Kat Combes, CEO of the Soysambu Conservancy. John Banovich and the Banovich Wildscape Foundation deeply thank all generous donors, sponsors and supporters.
OVER THE IMPORTED back bar of Yellowstone Club' s Warren Miller Lodge hangs Cold Air Deep Powder, a life-size mural of a family of bison in all stages of life, bulls, cows, calves, and young adults bursting through the snow. Even from 100 feet away, the painting, measuring 8 feet by 16 feet, makes a dramatic statement. The wall fronting the entrance is like a mountain in front of you,says wildlife painter John Banovich who conceived and created the epic work especially for the cavernous space.
Wildlife artist John Banovich teams with architect Jerome Diepenbrock to create an intimate space that works.
written By Lawrence w. Cheek
Photography By Henry Ngan, Studio 3 Inc.
John Banovich is a man of fierce determination and tight discipline and thus knew precisely what qualities he wanted for his new studio. A remote, isolated, forested setting with many bears for neighbors. Good road access for shuttling big canvases and welcoming up to 100 people for workshops and fundraisers. A refuge so intimate and personal that he could nurture his “true self” in it. A room so cavernous he could back 50 feet away to study a big painting in progress. The feeling of a barn. The feeling of a womb. The feeling of a lair, a home base for a world-roaming adventurer. Banovich wanted the impossible, a farrago of contradictions.
By David Light
Artist John Banovich began painting when he was seven years old with his sister, Teri, a talented artist. She started him off properly of course, in oils. Along with painting, he went into the woods hunting with his father, an avid gamesman. During this time he gained an intimate knowledge of animal anatomy while field dressing game and a patient, watchful eye, the hallmark of a great hunter, and, in this case, also a great artist.
The “Nature of the Beast” exhibition, comprised solely of Banovich works, was displayed in 2010 at both the Wildlife Experience Museum and Museum of the Southwest, providing the public with a rare opportunity to view a selection of Banovich paintings from mostly private collections assembled together for the first time. Capturing the spirit of wildlife, the collection introduced viewers to unique habitats and offered a glimpse into the secrets of creatures from around the world, resurrecting moments from nature that inspire thought and foster respect for wild places.
The National Indie Excellence Awards contest shines a spotlight on books that demonstrate excellence. National Indie Excellence Award judges are professional copywriters to publishers, writers, editors and more. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation. To be acknowledged by your peers is one of the highest honors bestowed on a publisher. "BEAST" also made it to the Barnes & Noble best sellers list in 2010.
Painter John Banovich raises awareness of the connection between hunting and wildlife conservation Written by Scott McMillion Swimming with Elephants - Bulls Oil on Linen 40 x 48 inches very afternoon for 10 days, John Banovich went to the banks of Botswana’s Khwai River, where families of elephants gathered to eat and drink and bathe. With 25 trips to Africa under his belt, he’d seen a lot of elephants but he wanted to see more, to learn more. Like the time he spotted a baby that had lost its trunk, perhaps to a lion attack, and he saw its mother break off branches to feed the infant.
Safari Club International Convention 2008 - John Banovich and RCR owner, Richard Childress, offered a one-of-a-kind NASCAR hood for auction, with proceeds jointly benefiting wildlife conservation. "Inside the Red Zone" graced the hood of driver Kevin Harvick’s #29 racecar, bearing autographs by Banovich, Childress and Harvick – and joyfully celebrated the new 501 (C) 3 Banovich Wildscapes Foundation as a recognized and respected conservationist of the earth’s wildlife and wild places.
by Jennifer Ball
Big Game: Artist and Conservationist John Banovich captures animals in their natural habitat – and in actual size.
John Banovich is one of the most acclaimed wildlife artists in the United States and his art is also widely appreciated by many international collectors. He specializes in large oil canvases of Africa’s wildlife, but his work is inspired by subjects from all the continents of the globe. John is talented, prolific and dedicated – both to his art and to preserving the wild places where the animals live. To this end, he has partnered with AWF to create the Pride Initiative – a conservation-awareness and fund-raising effort that focuses specifically on preserving Africa’s largest and most social of cats – the African lion.
When looking at the herd in “Heavy Drinkers of the Okavango,” that spans every size and position that elephants come in, or the convincing movement of the four wild dogs at spirited play in “After the Rains,” one cannot help but wonder,“Who is this artist, and how did he succeed so well in bringing us to Africa?” Or Africa to us.
Includes footage from the PBS segment "Journeys of an Artist," hosted by Gene Canning, exploring the work and travels of John Banovich. Also featuring part of "A Journey of Discovery," produced by Orion Entertainment, and an interview with Dick and Mary Cabela, David Cabela, Wayne Lapierre of the NRA and Tony Makris, host of the TV series "Under Wild Skies". The video interview highlighted David Cabela's book, "Two Hearts in Tanzania" as well as Banovich's work, which was featured on the cover and throughout the book. "Two Hearts in Tanzania" follows the travels of Dick and Mary Cabela during five different expeditions to Tanzania.