I wanted to share with the a little more about the story behind the Axolotl and why I chose this species for my poster and book. The Axolotl is not only the first animal in the book, but it is also serves as a cautionary tale- because it is also the only one that is like already extinct in the wild. Remember the phrase- ‘Gone is the Dodo?’ Well that same thing could be applied to these guys very soon. Probably the only reason they still exist at all is due to their popularity with scientists and pet owners. As you may know or have seen in my video, these creatures are very unique salamanders with goofy smiles and fluffy ear like external gills.
This is appearance is due to their remaining in a perpetual undeveloped or “neotenic” state, which was originally due to the degraded conditions in their place of origin around the lakes in Mexico city. Eventually pollution, habitat loss, hunting and invasive species made it all but impossible to survive in the wild. Their original lake Chalco and Xochimilco don’t even exist any more. So what does it mean to the world, if one salamander goes extinct?Axolotl in captivity
Amphibians not only make huge contributions to our culture, medicines and science but also as indicators of environmental health. When species die out it is a warning of unsafe environmental conditions that could seriously impact on not just human life but all life.
The reason Axolotls are so attractive to the scientific community is because of their innate superpower: the ability to regrow limbs, and not only that- but vital organs as well, including parts of the nervous system and brain!
So A is for Amazing- nature gives astounding gifts of survival to her species when evolving under duress! Miracles exist where you would never guess. But no species can evolve fast enough to withstand the pressures humanity is putting on them. While axolotls may live on for some time as pets and lab subjects, other species in this book don’t have that option.
This creates a sense of urgency for them and for artists like me to share their stories in a positive, creative and actionable way. If I can instill a sense of wonder while at the same time giving information and tools to take action, then truly something has been accomplished. And that is the purpose of this book! There is hope yet for the Baobabs, the colugos, the pangolins, the fossas and many more. But we must learn about them, diving into their beautiful stories in a way that leaves a lasting impression.
Here is the Axolotl poster that all first day book backers will receive. It features several colorations of the species, and has its name ‘hidden’ in the geometric background, based one the Sri Yantra. The two axolotls in profile at the bottom are carrying the word LOVE between them. Love is the best and only way we can take care of the planet!
This is the power of art, science and activism together. This is our Last Chance, Earth!
There is still a good way to go to reach the goal that will allow the book to get printed. So I’m working hard to get out the word for the remaining 18 days.
Can you help to make Last Chance Earth a reality? You can share the Kickstarter from the social share button on the main page. Or call or email a friend who might want to contribute. This is art for a great cause- every pledge counts! Feel free to submit the Kickstarter to your favorite blog, forum or media- a little press can go a long way. Thank you!!!