Alongside the passing of our own Andy Luck this year, Wildopeneye blog also mourns and salutes the conservationists Tony Whitten and David Shepherd who have joined Andy in heaven in 2017. This constitutes a rather heavy loss to us here on Earth but we have cause to celebrate their lives and be thankful for all the amazing good that they have done.
Despite initially being told that he had no artistic talent, David Shepherd persevered to produce globally acclaimed art work that ultimately raised millions to protect wildlife and spread awareness widely through sale of his glorious paintings!
Tony Whitten very effectively worked both as biologist and ecological researcher and an influential consultant with diverse people of many faiths to conserve untold quantities of wildlife by preserving habitat. He is fondly remembered for many achievements, including the saving of valuable limestone Karst habitat and really elevating this special habitat in public consciousness. In 2014 he was instrumental in raising a Fatwa (islamic injunction) against the illegal wildlife trade!
The following links to two obituaries in The Guardian make very interesting reading.
RIP gentlemen and thank you again for everything you did to keep the world a better place!