Enzo saves tigers with art

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Enzo Vi­vace‘s eyes light up when he starts talk­ing about tigers.

They’re his favourite an­i­mal and he’s deter­mined to not see them be­come ex­tinct.

Af­ter watch­ing a BBC documentary he de­cided he wanted to do some­thing to help.

The Grey Lynn pri­mary school pupil started cre­at­ing tigerin­spired art­work and sell­ing the pieces from 50 cents to $5.

‘‘There only around 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild, they’re the small­est tiger sub­species and they have the bright­est or­ange coat,’’ Enzo says.

Enzo’s mum Sally Frewin says as a fam­ily they’ve al­ways cared about an­i­mal wel­fare.

‘‘The life les­son is that you can be a 9-year-old and make a dif­fer­ence, be­cause it costs only $5 a day to pro­tect a tiger in Su­ma­tra,’’ she says.

‘‘Tigers could be ex­tinct in his gen­er­a­tion’s life­time, so if the kids get mo­ti­vated and act now it could stop this.’’

Enzo has do­nated what he has raised so far to Auck­land Zoo, who do­nates to the pa­trol team at Ker­inci Se­blat Na­tional Park.

This sup­ports the work of six Tiger Pro­tec­tion and Con­ser­va­tion Units (TPCU), and their back-up team to con­duct pa­trols in and around Ker­inci Se­blat Na­tional Park

Enzo is go­ing to con­tinue rais­ing money for the big cats via a fundrais­ing page.

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Enzo Vi­vace has been cre­at­ing and sell­ing his art­work to raise money for the Sumatran tigers.

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