Africa's Wild Allure Captured in Documentary of Late Artist

Vancouver, BC., CANADA - October 12, 2012 - This fall, the extraordinary tale of acclaimed artist and conservationist Simon Combes, and his efforts to protect and capture in art, Africa's endangered species will premiere at the Second Annual Artists for Conservation Festival in Vancouver, BC. The Soysambu Legacy: Art and Conservation in Africa's Rift Valley documents Combes' passion for conserving some of Kenya's impressive wildlife areas, including Lake Nakuru National Park. This is Artist for Conservation's 2nd documentary following last year's "How an Artist Saved a Mountain Gorilla".

It's been said the lure of nature brings out the artist in man. Nowhere is nature's attraction more powerful than in the Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa. And perhaps no artist was more magnetized by Africa's unrefined beauty than the late Simon Combes. Combes was the project director of the Kenya chapter of the Rhino Rescue Trust, which worked to protect endangered species against the threat of poaching. Tragically in 2004, a charging Cape Buffalo killed Combes while he was hiking near his home in Kenya. Combes left behind his wife Kat and his son Guy - an accomplished artist in his own right - who, together continue to champion his legacy of conservation activism through art.

Jeff Whiting, President of Artists for Conservation explains, "Simon was an inspiration to artists and non-artists alike around the world. He was widely admired as an artistic master in portraying Africa's wildlife, and as a passionate and relentless supporter. We were proud to have him as a prominent member of Artists for Conservation and now in particular, to honour him and his legacy."

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The documentary was co-produced by Artists for Conservation, the world's leading non-profit group dedicated to supporting environment through art and The Helicona Press. The film will premiere exclusively at this year's festival, which takes Oct. 13 through Oct. 21st on Grouse Mountain, 4100 feet above the City of Vancouver.

The Artists for Conservation Festival opens to public at 10 a.m. October 13, 2012. Festival programming is included with Grouse Mountain admission ticket. For detailed Festival information, program schedule and discounted festival admissions, visit

About The Soysambu Conservancy

Soysambu Conservancy, a non-profit organisation, endeavours to preserve Africa's Great Rift Valley ecosystem for the benefit of future generations. Core goals include preserving wildlife and vegetation alongside wildlife tourism for reinvestment in conservation and community development.

Located in Kenya (00°46'S 036°23'E) in Africa's Great Rift Valley with Ramsar Sites Lake Elmenteita to the east and Lake Nakuru to the west, volcanoes Ol Doinyo Eburru to the south and Menengai to the north, Soysambu Conservancy is 48,000 acres of diverse ecological significance. For more information, visit:

About Guy Combes

Son of the late acclaimed wildlife artist and conservationist, Simon Combes, Guy is an established wildlife artist in his own right. Guy is an award-winning member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. He regularly lectures at zoos and universities, including Yale and George Mason, and has set up research programs at a facility he helped develop at Soysambu Conservancy, Kenya, where he also leads expeditions for artists and conservation biology students. Guy is a tireless campaigner for numerous conservation causes, including Soysambu Conservancy, Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, Athi Kapiti Conservancy, Project Survival, Rhino Ark, Save the Rhino, Animal Ark, among many others. Most recently, Guy co-founded the highly effective "Stop the Serengeti Highway" campaign that played a pivotal role in. Guy Combes will be attendance during the festival for the film premiere, and providing an Adult Art Workshop on October 20th. Find out more about Guy's Workshop.

About The Heliconia Press

Led by former World Champion kayaker Ken Whiting, The Heliconia Press has been producing award winning books and films since 1998, and is recognized widely as one of the leading media production companies within the outdoor industry. Heliconia's books and DVDs can be found in thousands of outdoor stores, book stores and chain stores around the world. Heliconia's first-of-its-kind, TV series, The Kayak Fishing Show, is currently airing on the World Fishing Network (WFN) and a new series Making Waves will begin airing in 2012 on Outside Television. In 2010, The Portriats of the Planet Series was launched as a collaboration between Artists for Conservation Foundation and Heliconia Press - the second documentary film in the series will be premiered this fall at the Artists for Conservation Festival October 13 in Vancouver, BC . For more information, visit

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