The goal of this exhibit is to encourage the viewing public to take an active role in healthy co-existence with urban animals. We invited artists to collaborate with scientists to create art that explores the lives of wild animals in urban areas and the human responses to this shared territory.
For those who cannot make it to the gallery in person, we will be posting a virtual gallery online at www.creatureconserve.com as soon as the exhibit opens on 7/25.
Expansion of villages, towns, and cities creates new homes for some animals, even as it displaces others. The results are often problematic. Our scientific understanding of the actions we need to take in order to live in balance with urban wildlife is an important part of the solution. Science (urban ecology) can provide the guidelines, but we need motivation to follow them. There is an equally important need to help more people understand that humans and animals are interdependent, and that our continued success depends on a diverse and healthy animal kingdom.