This tiger, named Areang, was saved from the tiger trade as a cub and brought up wild in a tiger sanctuary. Tigers have long been regarded as givers of life and divine guardians. Prized for the healing properties of their parts, tigers are being pushed toward extinction, with the Indochinese tiger disappearing faster than any other.
Anne was able to collaborate with this baby Gibbon that was abandoned by his mother at birth. Gibbons are bipedal and, when on the ground, walk exclusively on two legs. These elegant, long-limbed apes, also called “the gentlemen of the forest”, are among the most endangered primates on Earth.
The Shrine features a reproduction of an egg of the Alca Impennis to honor this extinct bird that was the first to be called penguin. The last pair of Alca Impennis was killed while incubating an egg on Eldey Island, Iceland, on 3 July 1844, at the request of a merchant who traded specimen. This installation is both an homage to the eternal life cycle and a condemnation of the absurdity of mass consumerism.
This TimeShrine is comprised of reproductions of ancient Khmer stones. It was too hot for Brandy, a golden moon bear, who just slumped down. While Golden moon bears are a rarity and are the stuff of myth and lore, they are harvested for their bile and imprisoned in cages half their size.
This Timeshrine is centered on a Hippo skull found on location. You can see in the back ground a very large pod of Hippos. Although Oloiden Bay is an officially recognized Ramsar site, poachers operate here with impunity, trapping animals and heavily overfishing the lake. Anne came back a year later to find a completely changed landscape: the poachers had driven the hippos away and decimated water fowl populations.
The embroidered bee in the center of the image belonged to Napoleon III. If you look closely you will see honey tears running down its coat. Honeybees, signifying immortality and resurrection, have been royal emblems since ancient times. Bees pollinate 70% of the crops that provide 90% of world food. Today their populations are so diminished that bees have to be transported by truck to pollinate crops.
This beautiful Amur Leopard living in a reproduction sanctuary walked into the TimeShrine. The disks are ancient Chinese Neolithic symbols of protection, called Bi. Amur Leopards are almost extinct, with less than 70 wild adults left in the world.
The TimeShrine was created around a sleepy pangolin mother and child, with ancient Vietnamese money symbolically representing the value of Pangolins both as a black market product and as an endangered species. Pangolins are nocturnal and solitary. They are the world's most trafficked mammal prized for their meat and armor and soon be eaten into extinction.
This TimeShrine was created in a wild banana tree forest in the Golden Triangle. One elephant is killed for its tusks every fifteen minutes. The illegal trade of ivory is estimated at $1 billion a year. If poaching does not stop, elephants could be extinct by 2025.
Snow Leopards are famously elusive. The Timeshrine apparently attracted this one, who stayed around for a few photographs before taking off with the hourglass. The installation is composed with protective artifacts that belonged to a Nepalese Shaman.
Sudan is the last male Northern White Rhino left on the planet. Though the last one left, poachers still want to kill him. His protection includes horn-embedded transmitters, drones and trained armed guards. One kilogram of Rhino horn is worth between $ 80,000 and $ 200000, more than cocaine, gold or platinum.