God Save The King! ~ * ~ And his kingdom!
A unicorn's journey in lion and wildlife conservation with coloring pages and crafts to raise awareness in youngsters.
Hello. ^_^ I'm just a regular person trying to raise awareness about the plight of lions, and other wildlife, in my own way. I don't have social media, so this site and putting out painted lion rocks is my way of "sharing" with others.
If you're new to these music artists I listed on the left under WCTL, I've linked to their YouTube music videos so you can hear the songs I'm talking about. "Lions" bolstered me in coming out of the forest to do this, but "Broken Things" was first and played a big part in encouraging me to use my backpack and to create my coloring pages and this site. Too, "...beggar in the presence of a king" makes me think of Kevin. He certainly respects the prides in his care.
I'm not affiliated with Kevin Richardson's site. I just whole-heartedly support his efforts. That's why I put his url on the pages. (and I hope he doesn't mind me drawing him in - I thought his young supporters would like it, and he's so adorable who can resist?)
I just discovered him in June 2017 and through him that lions may become extinct before today's younger children grow up. That's just wrong. No lions?? What is wrong with people?! [Here's a great video of Kevin's outline of the problem, his goals, and our need to raise awareness.]
We need to save habitat, protect biodiversity, learn to coexist and be better stewards of the Earth. I've always felt that way, and losing lions is like a point of no return to me. We must save lions, our revered King of Beasts. I wanted to raise awareness with local youngsters - it's their future, but I couldn't find anything out there that was geared to really engage them. So, I started making my own coloring pages to hand out and guide them in the right direction to learning more while having a bit of fun.
Each coloring page has a bit of information on it or encourages thought about a subject, and each small image representing them on the website has a paragraph or two of more detail about what inspired each coloring page. So far, I've touched on a variety of subjects including the general need to preserve habitat and biodiversity, save lions (of course!), support snow leopard protection and of other apex predators, as well as the truth about cub petting and canned killing (erroneously called "canned hunting" - that is NOT "hunting"). And, yes, a few coloring pages are just for fun, or to poke a bit of fun. ^_~ I try to keep the information on the coloring pages themselves fairly simple, so parents can decide how much information your child is ready for and use the coloring page as a supplement or springboard for taking in more detail, or to spark a youngster's interest. I've provided a few links to get you started in finding more in-depth information, too. I fully support homeschooling, so hope this site is useful for those who do. I plan to have a new coloring page each week, for as long as I have ideas and access to the Internet.
Coloring pages may be printed from here and made copies of for non-profit, free of charge use only. ~ Don't have a printer? Out of ink? Libraries are typically happy to print things like this out for you. Some may charge a small fee, but others will print a page or two at no charge. ~ Please do not hotlink to or use my images on other websites. Simply direct people to my homepage: godsavetheking.neocities.org , thanks! Plant seeds!
Living lions are cooler.
As long as they get their trophy, and they don't care how, some people don't care whether there are any lions left for the future - your future. The people who get money for letting people kill so many lions also seem to only care about right now - not anybody's future, and certainly not about the future of lions and other wildlife. If lions go extinct, they will simply move on to killing off another animal with no regard to the impact this mentality has on our planet - your home. Not cool.
(The fang Kevin wears is a baby tooth from one of his lions, a rare find and special memento - not a trophy. His lions roar.)
Just having some fun. ^_^ Kevin Richardson has more than lions at his sanctuary, and one of the documentaries said his favorites are actually the hyenas. (Loves them all, of course!) So, I've always had this fun image in the back of my mind of lions and hyenas rallying with signs that pick on each other. Yet, when I went to actually draw it, it just didn't seem like it was ready to be put down on paper. In come the snow leopard, and everything fell into place.
I love doing images that have me giggling the whole time I'm working on them.
Painted dogs, or "African wild dogs", are a good example of what not to try to get for a pet. Yeah, I actually came across some place selling them, with other exotic animals. You really need to think about WHY you are getting a pet before you go down the exotic "pet" road. Animals like this are most certainly NOT "pets". Such animals are often not people friendly, they have very special needs for food and housing, and many are often cute, or cool, but deadly dangerous, making them effectively just wildlife confined to cages with none of the "pet" benefits, no enrichment for either the animal or the human, just there for status quo of having it. Not to mention the much more expensive vet care exotics cost. Many are abandoned after the novelty wears off. People with Kevin's level of care and dedication are rare, and his lions are rescues - not pets. He didn't set off to own them: He took up that responsibility to keep them out of the canned lion industry.
Like lions, African wild dogs should stay wild, and they need wild habitat to stay wild in. They share that habitat with lions, so helping lions will help the painted dogs. ~ Kevin is speaking at Painted Dog Conservation Inc's fundraisers in Australia this month.
If "sphinx" doesn't look intimidating enough to people newly learning the word, I noticed the dictionary has: Sphinx - "pronounced sfihngks"... I was like, "Well, that clears that up." ^o^ ...that looks more like a sneeze... ^.^
Statues and depictions of the sphinx varied in detail, but all had the body of a lion. When you need powerful features for a creature, lions are one of the first things thought of, from their muscular bodies to their formidable claws and even their distinct tails. ~ Did you know? Lions have a barb in the tip of the their tail. Some call it a claw, but it's probably most accurately called a "spine" as it's part of the tail, which is part of the spine. No one's sure, yet, what the purpose of it is, but it is pretty nifty to know about. I believe Kevin even mentioned it in one of his posts or videos, but I can't recall where. I wonder if it's what inspired the spiny tail of the manticore.
Ancient cave paintings show people have always found lions quite impressive, even before they started making statues of them and using them on coats of arms to inspire bravery and nobility. In modern times, lions still inspire the World to great things; but their real value is to the ecosystem, and they mean more to the economy alive than dead.
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Be a steward of the Earth.
[I'm not a professional and have limited resources/access; so some image quality isn't totally 'clean' - has smudging from erasing, but they print/copy fine. I make the printable images to be around 8x11 inches to fill a sheet of regular letter-size paper.]
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(mail.com) Their interface is cluttered, but it's free and I get to use a cute sub-domain name. ^_^ We'll see how it goes - Gmail doesn't like vpn and is constantly locking me out of my own account. Yeah, it's a free one, but I certainly wouldn't pay money for something that's such a hassle to use. I hope this one is more reliable.
* www.cursors-4u.com has a large selection of custom cursors if you're looking. I got the colored pencils from there and used IrfanView to convert the .cur files to gifs for use on Neocities. (note1: be sure to re-do the background transparency during the save process, note2: Firefox and Opera have no problem with them, but they don't show up in MSEdge; so be sure to also designate the generic/default ones in your code, note3: I believe animated gif files don't work for cursors, so stick to static ones) Have fun!