The Banggai Rescue Project is probably one of the most ambitious conservation efforts undertaken by members of the aquarium community, and it has already made great headway even though it’s still in the early stages. While a majority of the project will focus on studying the amazing Banggai cardinalfish in the wild, breeding them in captivity, and documenting the entire thing in print format, part of the project will focus entirely on the sheer beauty of these fish. With the help of renowned artist Karen Talbot, these cardinals got a lot of canvas time at the Marine Aquarium Expo this past weekend, which is one of the ways that Mrs. Talbot has contributed to the Banggai Rescue Project…through illustration. These art pieces also help spur the donation-funded rescue project moving along as some of the Banggai related pieces will be given to project supporters. These include illustrated post cards and scientific prints, among many other possible gifts. On top of the gifts to donors, the book documenting the project will be illustrated with Karen’s drawings. We are really looking forward to see what sort of drawings will be included in the book.
If you would like to donate to the project, please visit the Banggai Rescue Project on Kickstarter. Thanks to Joe Savoy for sharing this MAX image with us.