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About this project

They were out of this world, and now nearly gone from it! Living creatures beyond your wildest dreams. Amphibians you can see through with ease. Mammal dragons with scales, their babies on their tails. Yes they really exist- but for how long? Many of Earth’s most spectacular species are disappearing without so much as an introduction. How can we learn more about these incredible beings, and help preserve them? As an artist who cares deeply about the planet, I felt called to create a book to help do just that!

Last Chance Earth coloring book will represent an alphabet of amazing endangered creatures from A through Z- with over 26 animals, plants and insects that stir the imagination. We all know the plight of the elephant and rhino- but what about the pangolin and red shanked douc? Some of these lesser known species are among the most endangered on the planet, and deserve our attention.

A few species covered in this book- Sunda Pangolin, Red Shanked Douc, Zebra shark, Javan slow loris.
A few species covered in this book- Sunda Pangolin, Red Shanked Douc, Zebra shark, Javan slow loris.

This 60 page coloring book will serve as an interactive encyclopedia to inform, inspire and preserve. In addition to beautiful illustrations there are detailed information pages all about each species- including their appearance, special abilities, life habits, threatened status and conservation. Whether you are a beginning wildlife lover or seasoned conservationist, there is something new and unusual to discover.

The nocturnal Pangolin, the world's most trafficked mammal and the only one with scales!
The nocturnal Pangolin, the world's most trafficked mammal and the only one with scales!

 

Learn about their extraordinary beauty of new species, coloring them into lifelike works of art!
Learn about their extraordinary beauty of new species, coloring them into lifelike works of art!

Why a coloring book?

Creating art and coloring relax and connect us to our deepest intuitive powers. Being in nature and coloring are the most popular meditation alternatives in today's stressful world. In this book, you can do both. It is a great way to really engage in the stories of these species and get to know them. Adults and children alike will enjoy using this book- as the coloring tests have shown!

Ruby enjoying coloring (photo by Stacey Goldschmidt)
Ruby enjoying coloring (photo by Stacey Goldschmidt)

 

The rare Red Shanked Douc Monkey- get creative with coloring.
The rare Red Shanked Douc Monkey- get creative with coloring.

 

The critically endangered Red Shanked Douc Langur from Vietnam
The critically endangered Red Shanked Douc Langur from Vietnam

All about the books

  • 60 pages total! 26 species + 26 info pages + title, reference and activity pages 
  • Printed on high quality 50% recycled FSC heavy art paper 
  • Info pages include description, origins, habits, endangered status & conservation 
  • 8.5 x 11" books will be 'perfect bound' with a flat spine 
  • Species coloring guides are included with any physical book tier! 
  • Appropriate for ages first grade through adult

Help a dream come true

This is a unique book on a subject I am passionate about- planetary stewardship and preserving our precious biodiversity. Like my previous Kickstarter funded Nikola Tesla Coloring Book, it will fill an educational niche, giving these lesser known endangered species the higher profile they deserve!

In order to make this the best book it can be, I need your help. Creating a 60 page coloring book encyclopedia is no small task. To cover the cost of many months of research combined with printing, publishing, packaging and promotion I am turning to the community. Last Chance Earth will only be completed if the campaign receives 100% of its goal, funded by caring backers like you. I feel that this is a unique opportunity to bring to market a book that not only educates and inspires but brings visibility and hope to Earth’s creatures on the brink of extinction.

Please share and support this project and help color in a piece of Earth history. Thank you so much!! ~ Niffer Desmond

Keep scrolling down to see more art, future plans and the rewards!

Close-up of the Titan Arum aka 'corpse flower'- largest and smelliest flower in the world, from the Last Chance Earth coloring book
Close-up of the Titan Arum aka 'corpse flower'- largest and smelliest flower in the world, from the Last Chance Earth coloring book

 

The magnificent Axolotl salamander- now extinct in the wild.
The magnificent Axolotl salamander- now extinct in the wild.

 

Endangered Kakapo couple- the world's only flightless parrot
Endangered Kakapo couple- the world's only flightless parrot

 

Ecuadorian Glass Frog- You can see through it's skin to organs and eggs inside!
Ecuadorian Glass Frog- You can see through it's skin to organs and eggs inside!

Future plans/goals

For a stretch goal I would like to make tear out, perforated pages in the books. (More about this later.) Also I would like to place these books in educational programs like schools, museums, and environmental programs as they will be excellent teaching tools. My previous Nikola Tesla coloring book has been included in school curriculums.

Once the books are printed I intend to give back further with a percentage of retail sales to organizations dedicated to saving these species. I cover many of them in my book that concentrate on the rarer species- for example WildAid, Defenders of Wildlife, Shark Stewards, Endangered Primate Rescue Center and the Center for Biological Diversity. I want to raise visibility and funds for the important work they are doing, using my art as a vehicle for awareness.

The Goods!

Choose from an awesome selection of rewards for every pledge level, from printable coloring pages to pre-orders of the coloring book to page dedications and fun giftable items like T-shirts, buttons and magnets.

About the Kickstarter process

  • Kickstarter is a unique experience, differing from the online buying process. It is not simply a matter of choosing an item and buying a speedy arrival--you are joining in the adventure of creating this book project. The result will be a riveting coloring book that can be enjoyed, shared, or gifted for adults and children alike!
  • The campaign has a limited time for people to pledge, in this case it will be 30 days between August 9th and September 7th. You can only contribute during this period while the campaign is live. 
  • A Kickstarter project will receive the money ONLY if 100% of the funding goal is met, in other words if I don't reach my goal then we don't get ANY of the pledged funds. This is why it is important to get out the word!
  • There many different reward packages offered for different pledge amounts- some with multiple coloring books, t-shirts, and a lot more.

 

Axolotl art print from Last Chance Earth Endangered Species Book
Axolotl art print from Last Chance Earth Endangered Species Book

 

Risks and challenges

There are always challenges when creating something with deadlines- like unforeseen delays in printing or post. But rest assured, I will do our very best to get these books and rewards out to you by the holidays! This is my second coloring book on Kickstarter, and that previous success has helped me learn the ropes a bit. so I know the quality will be excellent. At the time of writing this I have over half of the book designed and drawn. These funds will give the resources and time to finish a beautiful book and deliver your rewards. Thank you for your support!

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    One for the road

    Here's a way to be a part of making something really unique that benefits the Earth, for which you will have my greatest gratitude!

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    Coloring Sheets- Digital PDF

    Enjoy 10 pages of amazing endangered species to color in your way! A digital PDF ready for your printer.

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    The coloring book!

    This is it- all 60 pages of the beautifully illustrated look at 26 treasured species, full of facts and fun! You will also receive a .pdf of a species coloring guide. FIRST DAY BACKERS ALSO GET ONE COLOR ART PRINT!

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    Coloring book deluxe pack

    Enhance the fun learning with this deluxe book pack! In addition to the 60 page book you also receive a full digital version, great for testing out coloring schemes! Plus your name will be included in the thank yous, and you get a printed coloring guide to the endangered species. FIRST DAY BACKERS ALSO GET ONE COLOR ART PRINT!

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    Coloring for two

    Share the adventure! A great way to color together. You will receive two physical copies of 60 page book along with receive a full digital pdf version, great for testing out coloring schemes. FIRST DAY BACKERS ALSO GET TWO COLOR ART PRINTS!

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    Three book adventure

    Three makes a party- learn and explore together! You will receive three physical copies of 60 page book along with the full digital pdf version, three coloring guides, and your name on the thank you page in the book!

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    Four book Safari

    Ready for a coloring Safari? You will receive four physical copies of 60 page book along with the full digital pdf version, four coloring guides, your name on the thank you page, a super cool art magnet AND a color print of art from the book! FIRST DAY BACKERS GET FOUR TOTAL COLOR ART PRINTS!

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    A reward especially geared toward schools and educational programs- 10 copies of the Last Chance Earth coloring book with coloring guides, a pdf version and your name/organization on the thank you page!

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    Four book Safari Gift set with Tshirt

    Supplement your coloring experience with wearable art! Will get all the wonderful things in the four book Safari tier, plus a T-shirt, another art magnet and four picture buttons to share with friends. FIRST DAY BACKERS GET FOUR TOTAL COLOR ART PRINTS!

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    Five book Safari set + original drawing

    Meet and keep an original drawing form the book! You get all the wonderful things in the four book Safari Gift set tier, plus another book and picture button for five total share with friends- and your frameable original.

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    6 books gifts + species sponsor

    Here's something cool- you can sponsor a species (your choice out of remaining) by dedicating it to a person and or organization! Let's say you or a loved one is a big fan of Pangolins or Slow Loris or Okapi. Their will name printed in every book on that species' info page, and optionally an organization that benefits that species. You will also receive a total of 6 signed books with coloring guides, pdf book, your name on thank you page, 6 buttons, a t-shirt, three art prints and three magnets share with friends!

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    10 books+ gifts + original art + sponsor

    This tier has everything in the page sponsor tier plus you can claim an original artwork (perhaps of the same species?) plus more books and cool gifts! You will receive a total of 10 signed books with coloring guides, pdf books, name on thank you page, your chosen name or organization for the species page dedication, 10 buttons, 3 t-shirts, five art prints and four art magnets share with friends.

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    • 10× Signed LCE coloring books
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    Custom painting + book sponsor +

    Here is a unique opportunity to support endangered species and get your name out out here- have your logo printed on the back cover as a book sponsor! I will also create and original custom painted portrait of your choice of endangered species in watercolor! Not to mention more books and cool gifts- you will receive a total of 15 signed books with coloring guides, pdf books, name on thank you page, your chosen name or organization for the species page dedication, 10 buttons, 3 t-shirts, five art prints and four art magnets share with friends.

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