Designing the Tamarin Print
In October last year I was sitting cross-legged on the floor of my brother and sister-in-law's first house and discussing where a sofa might go, when I got an email out of the blue from none other than the Durrell Wildlife Trust. I think most people have heard of the Durrell's, I've had a copy of My Family and Other Animals on my bookshelf for as long as I can remember (more for the title than anything, I'll admit I've never read it) and of course there was the tv series of the same name. Needless to say I was off the floor like a shot. Jersey Zoo is at the forefront of conservation and has always cared deeply about the welfare of its animals, and I couldn't be more excited to work with them.
One of the key areas that Jersey Zoo work with is the conservation and breeding of tamarins. Tamarins are typically native to very small areas of rainforest in Southern and Central America, and with urbanisation expanding at a huge rate many species of tamarin are critically endangered.
When Jersey Zoo asked me if my next print could be tamarins I was thrilled, they're not an animal that is featured much by artists, which is a shame because they are so cute!
My Troop of Tamarins print features six species of tamarin, including the Black Lion Tamarin which has only been bred in captivity at Jersey Zoo. You can watch a really cute video of Francisco the baby tamarin here: http://wildlife.durrell.org/animals/mammals/black-lion-tamarin/
The Troop of Tamarins print is currently available on postcards, greetings cards, plain notebooks and A4 art prints but will be launching on other products soon. You can shop the full range here:
And you can find a range of Also the Bison products in the gift shop at Jersey Zoo! https://www.durrell.org/wildlife/