Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wild at Heart: The Harpy Eagle

Over the next two weeks, I will be bringing you previews of the work that will be exhibited at May 26th's "Wild at Heart: Keep Wildlife in the Wild," the endangered species benefit that Andrew Hosner and I are co-curating at Thinkspace. 20% of the proceeds of the show will go to Born Free USA to help threatened wildlife. Hope to see you there!

Joao Ruas "Harpia"

The Harpy Eagle is named after the harpies of Greek mythology, wind spirits that carried the dead to Hades and were said to have the body of an eagle and the face of a woman. A powerful 20-pound raptor crowned with a dramatic pale grey double crest, the harpy eagle is an apex predator that has been known to snatch and carry off sloths and howler monkeys weighing up to 17 pounds.

Native to the canopy of tropical rain forests across Central and South America, the harpy eagle prefers to nest in the crown of the kapok tree. The destruction of its habitat for logging and agriculture has caused it to vanish across much of its range, and it is now almost extinct in Central America. Efforts are underway in Brazil, Belize, Peru and Columbia to re-establish their native harpy eagle populations in conservation areas by introducing rescued and captive-born birds.

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