Above: Raffle prize: the framed painting measures 50cm x 40cm (approx). The winning raffle ticket will be drawn by the artist Jonathan Pointer (www.pointer-wildlife-art.co.uk)

 

AN ORIGINAL PAINTING of a pair of the very rare Vietnam pheasant (Lophura edwardsi) is to be raffled off next month to raise funds for the species’ reintroduction programme in Vietnam. 

Valued at more than £2,000, the painting was donated to the World Pheasant Association (WPA) by Keith Howman, former president of the WPA. It was painted by wildlife artist Jonathan Pointer. All proceeds will go towards the Vietnam Pheasant Recovery Project – a long-term action plan to return the Vietnam or Edwards’s pheasant to the wild. This is a joint project between the WPA, EAZA and Viet Nature; the WPA has been advising and supplying birds for the programme from many of its members.

A large area of lowland rainforest has been leased for the next 30 years in Khe Nuoc Trong Nature Reserve, a former site for the species. The first breeding station site is in the Le Thuy District of Quang Binh Province and aviary plans have been proposed by WPA and EAZA. WPA has agreed to donate £20,000 to help provide these first aviaries.

The painting was completed over the winter of 2019. Artist Mr Pointer told Cage & Aviary Birds: “Having been a member of the WPA and an enthusiastic keeper of ornamental pheasants for a number of years, it was inevitable that they would find their way onto my canvas.

“Working from some images of a male and female, I then placed them into a suitably exotic background habitat of vegetation just as I imagined when, years later, the birds are back and breeding in the forests of Vietnam.”

The donator of the painting, Mr Howman, added: “Jonathan’s painting of the pair is quite the best I have seen of this species.”

Individual raffle ticket price is £40. Tickets are on sale until 11am on May 7 and the winner will be announced by draw on the same day via a live Zoom conference with all ticket holders invited.

To buy a ticket, visit: www.pheasant.org.uk

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