Melbourne-based artist, Mitch Gobel, today announced a $25,000 donation from art sales to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors in a very special demonstration at the Wildlife Hospital with the assistance of a few of Australia Zoo’s wildlife stars!
Over the coming days Mitch will create a custom artwork on site at Australia Zoo to hang in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, as a token of his generous donation to the charity. Some precious Australia Zoo residents including a koala and cockatoo have also been practicing their painting skills in anticipation of helping Mitch put the finishing touches on his artwork, which will represent the plight of their threatened cousins in the wild.
Inspired by Steve Irwin’s legacy to protect wildlife and wild places, Mitch quit his job in horticulture almost one year ago to pursue a life-long dream creating art that reflects the beauty of the natural world, and save wildlife in the process. His work with resin techniques are unlike any other, and as the art world recognises his talent, Mitch’s contribution to the conservation efforts of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors grows.
Wildlife Warriors’ key conservation project, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, has treated over 55,000 native Australian wildlife patients in its ten year history. This generous donation from Mitch will go toward the ongoing treatment of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife at the hospital.