Karrie Hovey is the founder of ProjectThorn.
Having trained with Ulovane Environmental Training and Lowveld Trails, Karrie qualified as a FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) certified Field Guide, Back-up Trails Guide, and Marine Guide in 2018. She also received her Tracker Level 2 through CyberTracker.
Karrie moved to the Central Kalahari in 2019 to volunteer with Cheetah Conservation Botswana at their Bush Camp and Educational Center. Following her time with Cheetah Conservation, Karrie joined Maroo Mobile Safari as a volunteer guide in the Okavango Delta.
Karrie will be return to South Africa to ride in the 2022 JoBerg2C, 9-day/900km mountain bike race from Johannesburg to Durban. As part of the race, representing ProjectThorn, she hopes to raise the necessary funds for ConservationK9  and place 2 APU canine units in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.
Karrie is an American born artist who has traveled, lived and exhibited around the globe. She currently lives in Northern California and is studying at College of Marin to receive her Naturalist Certification.

For an inside look at Karrie’s time and travels, her time at Ulovane was chronicled in her Tracks blog.

Tracks – Field Guide

Tracks – Walk-About with Dad

Tracks – Back-up Trails Guide

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About Karrie's Artwork

The natural world is the source of inspiration for her work. As a research-based, site-specific artist, Karrie questions how a space can destabilize our expectations and interactions with the environment. She explores the rapidly changing, symbiotic relationship between the human landscape and the natural environment.  Investigations include: climate change, resource depletion, habitat encroachment, over consumption. The world is evolving faster than the flora and fauna can adapt. Karrie’s artwork can be seen at www.karriehovey.com

Karrie's experiences working in South Africa

Karrie first traveled to South Africa in 2012 to attend a residency at The Bag Factory in Johannesburg. This was her first introduction to the country and opened her eyes to the beauty of the country but also to the complexity of the challenges faced by all who inhabit the region.

In the Spring of 2015, Karrie returned to Africa with a larger objective. She formalized her relationship with the organization 12Hours to raise funds for RhinoArt. Through their efforts, Karrie and Charles were able to fund the RhinoArt project in 8 rural community schools. They participated in the first of the programs, presenting the project along with a Zulu educator, and the program founder to 1400 students in Mtubatuba. Despite living within miles of the rhinos less than 5% of the students had ever seen a living rhino.

In addition to the school program, Karrie and Charles partnered with 12hours to ride in the JoBerg2C, a 9 day, 900 km mountain bike stage race from Johannesburg, through the Drakensberg, to the Indian Ocean. Through our participation in the race, 12hours was one of the Old Mutual official event charities providing additional funding and exposure for 12hours conservation programs. Our adventures are chronicled on our website www.3ringcircus.us

Over the course of our travels, RhinoArt arranged for Karrie and Charles to meet with an anti poaching ranger. Project Thorn and Hornucopia are results of that meeting. Additionally, they visited a total of 5 game reserves (iMfolozi, Tembe, Kruger, Sabi and Timbavati).

Karrie spent an additional month at the Nirox Foundation working on a piece titled: man.I.cure. The work is about the illegal trade of and the use of rhino horn in Southeast Asia for “medicinal purposes”. There is an ongoing cancer epidemic in Vietnam due to chemical contamination dating back to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam/American conflict and the continued extensive use of chemicals in agriculture.

In recent years the market pressure for rhino horn has dramatically increased because of the wrongly held believed that rhino horn cures cancer, impotence and hangovers. In reality, the keratin of the rhino horn is nearly genetically identical to that of your fingernails. The work also references the exploitation of Vietnamese refugees in the nail salon industry as reported by the www.bbc.com, rhino horn as an investment and a status symbol, the Chinese tea drinking customs, and the religious references of the red string. man.I.cure is in the permanent collection of the Nirox Foundation.

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