World Pheasant Association 2020 – 2021
Limited Edition Raffle of 250 Tickets only
Original Painting by Jonathan Pointer of the Edwards’s Pheasant
Ticket price £40 – Order Form
We are delighted to be able to offer members a unique opportunity to win this beautiful original painting by Jonathan Pointer of the Edwards’s Pheasant valued at over £2,000 which has been very kindly donated by Keith Howman. The framed painting measures approx. 50cm by 40cm. Details of Jonathan’s work can be seen at: http://www.pointer-wildlife-art.co.uk/
Please support this fundraising raffle. All proceeds will go towards the Edwards’s Pheasant reintroduction programme in Vietnam.
The Edwards's Pheasant was only found in the lowland forests of Central Vietnam. It was always extremely rare but loss of its forest habitat, poaching and defoliation during the Vietnam war has resulted in no sightings of wild birds since the year 2000. For this reason, it now seems likely that the species is extinct in the wild.
Viet Nature is working closely with WPA and EAZA on a long-term Action Plan to return Edwards's Pheasant to the wild. A large area of good lowland rainforest (768 hectares) has been leased for the next 30 years in Khe Nuoc Trong Nature Reserve, a former site for the species. In addition, the first breeding station site has been identified in Le Thuy District of Quang Binh Province and aviary plans have been proposed by WPA and EAZA. WPA has agreed to donate £20,000 to help provide these first aviaries. Breeding pheasants for reintroduction is very different to just breeding them in an aviary, and WPA has experience with this which it is sharing with Viet Nature. It is agreed by all those with experience that only parent-reared pheasants stand a realistic chance of survival when released. Moreover, after nearly a hundred years in captivity, it is believed that it may take several generations of parent-rearing before birds are available which are suitable for release.
Tickets go on sale from Friday 1 May 2020 to Friday 7 May 2021 and are being sold on a first come first served basis. Being limited to only 250 the odds are good and can be bettered if you buy more than one ticket. Participants will be informed of the name of the winner by email shortly after the draw on Friday 7 May 2021 at the 2021 WPA Charity Clay Shoot, Roundwood Sporting Estate. Raffle tickets will be posted to you on receipt of payment.