THE TIGERS' FOREST

Drawing for the Planet’s The Tigers’ Forest project, in partnership with international wildlife charity Born Free, celebrates the iconic Bengal tigers of India and the majestic Malayan tigers of Peninsular Malaysia. Through the drawings of over a thousand children, the project raises awareness of endangered tigers and the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit their landscapes and raises funds for tiger conservation organisations. 

Led by artist and Drawing for the Planet founder Jane Lee McCracken, children from the UK, the USA, India, and Singapore are invited to learn about tigers and create ballpoint pen drawings in workshops delivered by Jane, Born Free, and project ambassador Ayan Kamath Mehra

THE PROJECT

OVERVIEW

Launched in 2024, The Tigers' Forest includes Amazing Tigers virtual and on-site environmental education and drawing workshops in Singapore (May 2024), the UK (May 2024), the USA (November 2024) and India (2025). The workshops are delivered by Laura Eastwood, Born Free's Head of Education, Ayan Kamath Mehra, a Born Free Youth Ambassador, and Jane.

As part of the project Jane will create a composite artwork featuring a selection of children’s drawings from all four countries. She will also create individual composite artworks for each school featuring drawings by all participating children. 

Drawing for the Planet (DftP) will present prints/or murals of the artworks to schools and seek to install a large printed mural of The Tigers’ Forest artwork in a public space in India and the UK. DftP/Born Free will create a free legacy educational resource of Amazing Tigers workshops.

The children’s drawings and the artworks will also feature on this page. A selection of drawings will illustrate species information—as in DftP’s Laguna Marine Wildlife

PROJECT AIMS

The Tigers’ Forest aims to:

  • Raise awareness of endangered tigers and why keystone species are vital to global ecosystems and need to be protected.
  • Create an artistic and educational legacy through the drawings of a global generation of young people.
  • Build a network of awareness throughout tiger inhabited countries by sharing The Tigers' Forest artistic and educational legacy with the aim of providing more children and communities with the opportunity to participate in workshops and create art for the project.

RAISING FUNDS FOR TIGERS AND CHILDREN

DftP is raising funds to donate to the following tiger conservation organisations to support their vital work protecting tigers:

DftP is also raising funds so that underprivileged children—including children that live in tiger-inhabited areas in India—can learn about tigers in Born Free’s workshops and take part in Jane’s drawing workshops.

PROJECT ORIGINS

Jane's journey to Drawing for the Planet and The Tigers' Forest began in Edinburgh in the 1970s, when, at age eight, she read in a wildlife magazine that the Caspian tiger had been declared extinct and made a promise to help tigers and endangered wildlife. Read more here: drawingfortheplanet.org/pages/our-story

Since 2014, Jane has worked in partnership with Born Free—in 2023, Born Free contacted her with an inquiry from Ayan, who was keen to get involved in a Drawing for the Planet project. Ayan, a high school student in Singapore had previously written an illuminating post, Sketching a Solution, about art and wildlife as a guest blogger on DftP's blog. 

Like Jane, Ayan is passionate about the natural world and art and has raised funds for wildlife conservation through his art, including drawings of tigers. Jane saw this as an opportunity written in the stripes to celebrate their passion for tigers!

Jane said:

"I've long dreamt of developing a project to honour the alluring animal that has been a glowing presence in my mind and heart since childhood—the tiger! The Tigers' Forest is a dream come true, and it is a privilege to partner with Born Free, working with Laura, Ayan, and the Born Free team on the project. A gifted artist, Ayan's tireless dedication and his advocacy for wildlife are inspirational. He is a tremendous asset, and we are immensely proud that Ayan is our project ambassador."

HOW TO SUPPORT THE TIGERS' FOREST

  

If you would like to support this project, help protect tigers, and give the gift of art and environmental education to children—like this little girl from Peru who participated in our Peruvian Amazonian Wildlife project—please DONATE via our donate page and add in the form comments "THE TIGERS' FOREST" for your donation to go directly to this project:

drawingfortheplanet.org/pages/donate

TIGERS

 

THE ARTWORKS

Composite artworks created by Jane and featuring children's drawings for The Tigers' Forest coming soon...

THE WILDLIFE

Each of the species from India and Malaysia, illustrated by drawings created for The Tigers' Forest, plays a vital role in its ecosystem. Like humans, they live their lives according to their needs. Imagine what their eyes have seen in the forests of the Bengal and Malayan tigers.

Many of these beautiful animals are threatened with extinction. It is up to all of us to protect and cherish them. Learn more about each species with information provided by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and other sources:

INDIAN WILDLIFE

Explore the magical species of the Bengal tigers' forest, including the dhole, the Sri Lankan giant squirrel, Indian peafowl and the peacock tarantula illustrated by children from the UK.

MALAYSIAN WILDLIFE

Explore the intriguing species of the Malayan tigers' forest, including the Malay tapir, the wrinkled hornbill and the marbled cat illustrated by children from Singapore. Some Peninsular Malaysian species are also resident in Singapore and India.

MAMMALS

MALAYAN TIGER

Panthera tigris jacksoni
Conservation status: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (LOCALLY); ENDANGERED (IUCN Red List
Population: 150DECREASING
Drawing: B, high school student, Singapore

 

ASIAN ELEPHANT

 

Elephas maximus
Conservation status: ENDANGERED (IUCN Red List)
Population: UNKNOWN, DECREASING

Drawing: A, high school student, Singapore

MALAY TAPIR

Tapirus indicus 
Conservation status: ENDANGERED (IUCN Red List)
Population: 2,499DECREASING

Drawings: Ayan, high school student, Singapore (infant tapir); Mr Koltutsky, teacher, Singapore (adult tapir)

 

FLAT-HEADED CAT

 

Prionailurus planiceps 
Conservation status: ENDANGERED (IUCN Red List)
Population: 2499DECREASING

Drawing: Ryann, high school student, Singapore

 

MARBLED CAT

Pardofelis marmorata 
Conservation status: NEAR THREATENED
Population: UNKNOWNDECREASING

Drawing: Jules, high school student, Singapore

COMMON PALM CIVET

Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
Conservation status: LEAST CONCERN (IUCN Red List)
Population: UNKNOWNDECREASING
Resident countries include: Mayalsia, Singapore and India

Drawing: high school student, Singapore

BIRDS

WRINKLED HORNBILL

 

Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus
Conservation status: ENDANGERED (IUCN Red List)
Population: UNKNOWNDECREASING
Resident countries include: Mayalsia; EXTINCT Singapore

Drawing: S, high school student, Singapore

LONG-TAILED PARAKEET

 

Belocercus longicaudus
Conservation status: VULNERABLE (IUCN Red List)
Population: UNKNOWNDECREASING
Resident countries include: Mayalsia and Singapore

Drawing: H, high school student, Singapore

GREEN BROADBILL

Calyptomena viridis
Conservation status: NEAR THREATENED (IUCN Red List)
Population: UNKNOWN, DECREASING
Resident countries include: Mayalsia and Singapore

Drawing: high school student, Singapore

  

REPTILES

MALAYSIAN GIANT TURTLE

 

Orlitia borneensis
Conservation status: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (IUCN Red List)
Population: UNKNOWNDECREASING

Drawing: N, high school student, Singapore

AMPHIBIANS

ABAH RIVER FLYING FROG

 

Rhacophorus nigropalmatus
Conservation status: LEAST CONCERN (IUCN Red List)

Population: UNKNOWNDECREASING
Drawing: Priyali Kamath, Singapore

 

THE ARTISTS

Meet some of our amazing young artists from Singapore and the UK who made beautiful drawings of tigers and wildlife from their landscapes. We would like to thank all participating artists for their substantial contribution to this project.

SINGAPORE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, 2024

 

PROJECT PARTNERS

ABOUT DRAWING FOR THE PLANET

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ABOUT JANE LEE MCCRACKEN

Shh it's a Tiger! 2013 Biro drawing © Jane Lee McCracken

Jane Lee McCracken constructs intricate, multi-layered Biro drawings, sculptures, installations as well as product designs. Her work represents the beauty of life and its brutal realities, exploring the loss to both humans and animals caused by human destructiveness. She is the founder and CEO of Drawing for the Planet global art, environmental education and conservation charity. 

Over the last decade, she has raised funds for conservation organisations through her art and delivered drawing and environmental education workshops to thousands of people across the world. In 2019 she founded the Where Did All the Animals Go? project in partnership with Born Free and in 2021 Drawing for the Planet. Explore Jane's art:

janeleemccracken.co.uk

ABOUT BORN FREE

Born Free works tirelessly to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs. As a leading wildlife charity, they oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong – in the wild.

Born Free promotes Compassionate Conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals. They seek to have a positive impact on animals in the wild and protect their ecosystems in perpetuity, for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world.

Visit Born Free here:

bornfree.org.uk

AYAN KAMATH MERHA
The Tigers' Forest Project Ambassador

Ayan Kamath Mehra is a 10th grade student in Singapore, and a Born Free Foundation Youth Ambassador. For as long as he can remember, Ayan has loved nature and all wild things. In 2019, at the age of 11, he travelled to South Africa, where he was awestruck at the magical abundance of wildlife on safari. Yet, he noticed that rhinos – his favorite animal – were scarce. Through the book The Elephant Whisperer by renowned conservationist Lawrence Anthony, Ayan learned about the horrifying ways rhinos are being poached for their horns. From then on, Ayan has merged his passions for art and wildlife to create @ayansartforconservation, which raises awareness and funding for endangered species around the world through his writing, talks and art. Ayan said:

"I am excited to be the project ambassador for The Tigers' Forest, because art has the power to deeply connect human beings and the animals we draw. Art happens when observation and imagination take flight. As we observe animals, and imagine their futures, we bond more deeply with planet Earth and all its wonderful wild things. With my roots in India and Singapore, I am particularly excited to support the tiger, and all the animals that live in its magnificent ecosystem."

Visit Ayan's blog here: 

www.savewildlife.art