In Memoriam: David Shepherd CBE 1931 – 2017

In Memoriam: David Shepherd CBE 1931 – 2017

For over 50 years David has dedicated his life to protecting some of the world’s most iconic and endangered animals. Using his talent as an artist to generate funds for their protection he inspired hundreds of others to follow and, in 1984, established his own wildlife foundation to give something back to the animals that had given him so much success as an artist.

With a deep fondness for Africa’s elephants many of David’s most iconic paintings are of the world’s largest land mammal including ‘The Ivory is Theirs’ and ‘Wise Old Elephant’. ‘Tiger Fire’ was one of his first major fund-raising successes, raising £127,000 for Indira Gandhi’s Operation Tiger in 1973. In 2014 he painted an elephant onto one of his palettes for his Foundation’s 30th Anniversary black tie dinner raising £50,000 for conservation projects in Africa and Asia.

Speaking at the time David said: “What more could an artist wish for but to repay my debt to the animals I painted.”  David felt motivated in his fight for wildlife and he was always determined to do more.

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation has been working to protect endangered animals for over 30 years now,  and has raised over £ 8.8 million to help save endangered wildlife.  To help us to carry on David’s legacy please donate to the In Memoriam Fund.

Thank you.


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