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9-Year-Old Girl Is Trying to Save Endangered Animals One Painting at a Time

The Short of It

A talented young artist named Bria Neff is saving endangered animals one painting at a time.


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The Lowdown

A 9-year-old girl, who started drawing animals when she was just 4, has big plans for her incredible paintings. She sells them and donates the proceeds to help save endangered species. It all started when Bria's mom promised her if she completed 10 paintings, she would create a Facebook page for her. To date, the gifted child has sold an astonishing 80 paintings!

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According to JaneGoodall's Good For All News, Bria's works are the result of a thorough process. First, Bria finds pictures and information about her intended subject and studies them, ultimately writing a report about the animal. Using acrylic and watercolor on canvas, she then creates her masterpieces.

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Bria is actually affiliated with renowned conservationist Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program and has raised $1,600 to date for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Last year, one of her paintings was selected as one of the 18 winning entries in the organization's art and essay contest. Her goal is to raise $3,000 by the end of this year for the IFAW.

Recently, Mark Hofberg from the IFAW visited Bria's art exhibit in South Dakota and said about the girl, "She is not only donating to IFAW's conservation mission; she is raising awareness about endangered species on so many levels."

The Upshot

The fact that a 9-year-old is changing the world is very inspiring. If a child can make a difference, certainly an adult can! But her story is important to share with our kids as well, because for Bria, this is about a call to action.

"It's our responsibility to take care of all animals. All kids can save the world, and I want them to know that," she said, adding in an Upworthy video, "Everybody has a right to live on this planet."

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You can learn more about Bria's mission and support the cause by visiting her website. Be sure to check out the coloring book she created.

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