BKB Environmental Fundraising
BKB a.k.a. Bill Kim Brooks, has a history over several decades in supporting environmental charities in desperate need of vital fundraising assistance.
With their extensive traveling to some of the worlds most remote regions taking them across the vast East African Plains of the Serengeti, with it’s abundance of wildlife and it’s vast panoramic scenery where one can see herds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrating in search of greener pastures. After crossing the border into Tanzania, we view the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, which is reputed to stand higher than Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest point in Africa before it erupted) we then looked down to the crater lake bottom to view a teaming mass of flamingos forming a pink line edging the crater lake rim. A large verity of animals can be found in the crater would include the “African Big Five”. Okavango Swamp Delta in Botswana South Africa, is a haven of wildlife; an artist dream.
The swamp water arrives via the Kalahari Desert and is virtually a hundred percent pure. As we camp on the banks of the Chobe River, we are able to observe much wildlife including rhino’s, elephants, herds of cape buffalo, hippos, lions, leopards and cheetahs, one of the highlights is watching a pack of Cape Hunting dogs, (also known as painted dogs) but sadly most of our wildlife and habitat are now highly endangered, due to the consequence of mans encroachment and his abuse across the planet, making serious repercussions to the natural world, that would be difficult for future generations to reverse.
As we head down to the tropics traveling by boat down the mighty “Amazon River”in Peru, it was fantastic to witness macaws flying over us, and venturing into the back lakes to seeing the river dolphins and wild orchid’s growing on trees along the river banks.
The next expedition would take us to the Pantanal flood plains on the far edge of Brazil, that extends to some 80.000 square miles and is home to over 600 bird species and 250 species of fish. As we travel along the waterways we catch a glimpse of the rare river otters. this is home also to Jaguars. we see caiman (alligators) also home to anacondas snakes however, the highlight for Kim to see and observe from close range the magnificent hyacinth macaws, a very rare sight, that was a iconic moment that led to her most famous bird painting, “Rhapsody in Blue” this painting was so vivid and life like that Sotheby’s used it for their front cover, of it’s wildlife catalogue, which fetched a record auction bid for a contemporary bird painting and subsequently, making tropical birds that are now considered a serious art form.