EDIT: fixed a weird artifact on her cheek.
This summer I spent a week of holidays working as a volunteer in a bird shelter, it was an AMAZING experience, which connected with a lot of things going through my head in this period. I got this ideas while returning home.
The girl is a Griffon vulture, a species which can live up to about 40 years in captivity, and the figurines around the girl's neck are a small subset of animals which have gone extinct in the last 40 years. Data from a precious but utterly depressing site: [link]
Here is a detail of the figurines:[link]
Starting from upper left they are:
- Baiji (aka Yangtze River Dolphin)
- Aldabra Warbler
- Christmas Island Pipistrelle
- Conondale Gastric-brooding Frog
- Partula snails in general (more than 50 species wiped out at once, one of the saddest episodes in the history of biology)
- Aldabra Banded Snail
- Alaotra Grebe
I tried to make them as recognizable as possible but I guess they show better in the sketches (the ones circled in red are the ones I used, except the frog which I improvised while coloring):[link]
The one at the top (the Warbler) is actually represented belly-up, because for many of the animals listed on the site all the references I could find were photos of specimens preserved in some museum. Better than nothing though...