My life is an incredible adventure that has taken me down some very exciting and extraordinary paths. I have been fortunate to be able to follow my passions in life. This has been a challenge, and at times a difficult road, but worth it in unimaginable ways. A life with tigers and lions has been a dream of mine since I was a child. My work with the big cats eventually led me to wildlife conservation in East Africa. Currently, I am working for the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda. In 1998, the sanctuary was founded by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of founding trustees. This website is an account of my journey.
To learn more about my collaborative NFT project with Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda, visit NFT.ChrisAustria.com. A portion of sales from the chimp NFTs goes towards the feeding and veterinary care of the orphaned great apes. You will also receive a signed print that you can frame and hang on the wall. This handsome chimp is “Eddie” and one of my favorite great apes here. Eddie was rescued from a circus. Ngamba Island is home to 52 chimpanzees that have been rescued from the illegal wildlife and bushmeat trade..To learn more about their work, visit NgambaIsland.org.
This is a beautiful vervet monkey that I photographed in western Uganda. To see more of my digital paintings NFTs, visit NFT.ChrisAustria.com. When you purchase an NFT, it comes with a signed physical print.
Trekking to the Asheton Maryam Monastery in Lalibela Ethiopia was very scenic. The Lasta mountains and craggy escarpments were spectacular to see during this journey. Lalibela is a UNESCO World Heritage sight, famous for the 12th-13th century rock-hewn Ethiopian Orthodox Christian churches.