Brazilian Artists Unite to Save Lions in Kenya

Leo Vultus by Murillo Martinsfor the campaign Run4Run4Lions.

Leo Vultus by Murillo Martins for the campaign Run4Run4Lions.

After the collective publication #sobreontem (About Yesterday) in support of the movement [pt] that started the protests this past June in São Paulo, Brazilian artists are now coming together for a new cause. This time, their artwork is against lion-killing in Samburu, Kenya.

Natives of the region are using poison and other weapons against lions that are attacking their goats. To raise the public's awareness of this issue, in 2010 the Ewaso Lions Project organized a half-marathon with the purpose of “neutralizing conflicts between humans and wildlife by involving the local community in the conservation of the lions.” For the organizers, part of the solution to the problem is “more free goats”, and that's why at the first event in 2010, the prizes for winning the race were goats.

Now the project is preparing for the next race with the crowdfunding campaign #Run4Run4Lions, which will collect funds for 2014's half-marathon. The Brazilian artists’ original artwork (of which some pieces are already sold out) is offered as compensation for those who support the project.

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