When Bria Shay Neff was nine years old, she began learning about wolves. Her research led her to the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. “I fell in love with their white wolf named Atka, an Arctic wolf who visited schools and showed people how important wolves are to the planet and people.” After learning about wolves’ precarious status -- there are fewer than twenty endangered red wolves remaining in the wild worldwide, and in the United States today there is a single wild population comprising only 131 Mexican gray wolves -- Bria was so upset that she decided to partner with the Wolf Conservation Center to “paint a face to the challenges that these beautiful animals face.”
Photos care of Bria Shay Neff
“I was so inspired that I started researching, sketching, painting, and selling my paintings on my Facebook page,” Bria says. “I share facts I learned about the animals to spread awareness, too. I call it ‘Faces of the Endangered.’” About wolves specifically, Bria particularly wants kids and adults alike to understand that while wolves are predators that doesn’t mean they are bad. “They have an important place on this planet and a vital role in our ecosystem, and they don't have a voice so we have to be their voice so that they can thrive and we can coexist with them on our planet. The Wolf Conservation Center in New York supports these wolves by giving them an opportunity to thrive naturally and eventually be relocated into the wild, where they belong.”
Photos care of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY
Bria has created more than three hundred unique portrait paintings of endangered species and has sold them, donated them, and auctioned them off to raise funds supporting the extraordinary work organizations like the Wolf Conservation Center do to protect wildlife and preserve their natural habitats. In support of the Wolf Conservation Center alone, Bria had one of her paintings auctioned off for $15,000 at the Wolf Conservation Center’s gala last year. That’s right: $15,000! And this year, one of her paintings was auctioned off for $25,000! In addition to these enormous contributions, Bria has made many other monetary donations from funds she’s raised, donating a total of nearly $50,000 to this cause that is so close to her heart. Bria has also created two coloring books, had her art featured on clothing, and become a tween Ambassador for Justice.
“We all have an important and powerful role to play, and if we work together we will change the world,” Bria asserts. You can have a positive impact on the lives of endangered wildlife right this very moment and any time you shop at plae.co -- just use promo code GIVE863 at checkout and 10% of your purchase price will be donated to the Wolf Conservation Center.