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Ph: 504-309-0394

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3926 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

ABOUT US

Founded in 2012 by artist and conservationist, Alex Beard, The Watering Hole Foundation is dedicated to saving endangered wildlife and preserving the Earth’s remaining wilderness.

 

Our diverse programs support, foster, and raise awareness of conservation efforts at home and abroad.

WHY WE EXIST

There is a multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trafficking market that is rapidly and permanently changing our fragile natural ecosystem. 

We live in a world with 16,306 species, including animals and plants, on the endangered species list. 20,000 African Elephants are poached annually and the Asian Elephant population has been cut in half over the past two decades. There are only 2,500 Bengal Tigers and around 5,000 Black Rhinos left in the wild. 

HISTORY

2012

The Beginning
Aware of the plight faced by endangered species like the wild African elephant, Alex Beard establishes The Watering Hole Foundation with the immediate goal of supporting anti-poaching security in Kenya. Alex begins raising funds through the sale of his own artwork to go toward financing the project. ​​

 

Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Annual art and charity collaboration for "Boudin, Bourbon and Beer" and "Carnival du Vin"

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions. 

2015

The Painting of Life, A Drawing the Line Event

In April, Alex participates in the Frenchmen Street Art Market to screen Drawing the Line to an expanded Jazz Fest audience. Alex uses the venue to publicize an online art auction to raise money for The WHF and to begin work on The Painting of Life, a 105 sq foot canvas. Alex sells The Painting of Life for $40,000, the proceeds from which go to The WHF.

 

Drawing the Line Film Screening Events

Screenings of Drawing the Line are held at the G2 Gallery in Los Angeles, Fort Mason Center Firehouse in San Francisco, and The Brooke Club in New York City to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species. On behalf of The Watering Hole Foundation, Alex Beard donates an embellished print of The Painting of Life, which is auctioned off with monies going to The LEWA Wildlife conservancy. 


LEWA Gala Dinner at The Bowery Hotel, NYC

A conservation safari led by Alex Beard in Kenya  is auctioned off to support LEWA and the Northern Rangelands Trust.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Annual art and charity collaboration for "Line, Wine and Dine"

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions. 

2018

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Donate $2,000 to grant efforts

Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Annual art and charity collaboration for "Boudin, Bourbon & Beer"

Conservation Safari, Summer ‘18
Led by Alex Beard, a 10 day experience in Kenya tracking wildlife to learn about conservation and the environment. 

LEWA Gala Dinner , NYC

Charlie Wheeler Marathon

Support Charlie's run to raise money to families of anti-poaching victims with donation

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions. 

2013

Save The Elephants:  Naracha Ndogo

The Watering Hole Foundation completes its fundraising initiatives and sends financial support to the Northern Rangelands Trust (The NRT) in Northern Kenya to finance the security and observation operations at Naracha Ndogo. In the Mokogodo Hills overlooking the Ilngwezi Plateau, patrols are to be manned by members of the Mokogodo Maasai, a tribe indigenous to the area, and backed up by the NRT’s existing security and developmental structure. This security initiative covering Naracha Ndogo will protect a vital passage for the migratory path of the elephants in the North, keeping the herds safe and the poachers out.

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions. 

2016

Ana for Elephants Campaign

Social media campaign is launched to promote awareness of the plight of the endangered African Elephant, resulting in a donation made to the Ngare Ndare Trust and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy 

 

Jazz Fest Elephant Event

In cooperation with New Orleans artist Jacques Dufforc and social media campaign engineer Ana Finger of Ana for Elephants, Alex Beard builds a life size elephant out of papier mache during an awareness event on the grounds of New Orleans' Jazz and Heritage Festival and at The Art Garage.  


LEWA Gala Dinner at The Colony Club, NYC

On Camel Safari Fundraiser

Takes place during Alex Beard's On Camel Safari art exhibition at the George Billis Gallery in NYC to benefit The LEWA Wildlife Conservancy

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

Art collaboration effort to save Louisiana coast, The NOLA Gator project

Conservation Safari, Summer ‘16

Led by Alex Beard, a 10 day experience in Kenya tracking wildlife to learn about conservation and the environment. 

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions. 

2019

Alex Beard hosts the LEWA USA Annual Board Meeting in his home.

Anne Neilson Fine ArtAnimalia

Co-host art exhibition with a portion of proceeds going to the WHF. 

LEWA Gala Dinner at The Metropolitan Club, NYC

NOLA Dogs Race to the Rescue 5K

Alex Beard supports and donates on behalf of the WHF. 

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions. 

2014

The Watering Hole Foundation Weekend

A multi-day event designed to raise awareness and funds to supports WHF’s Fall programming.

 

Drawing the Line

Drawing the Line chronicles Alex Beards efforts to help preserve elephants in Kenya. The WHF  holds a film screening at The Explorer’s Club in New York City. The Foundation raises $15,000 at the event, which is donated to Kenya-based conservation organization, LEWA.

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions. 

2017

LEWA Gala Dinner at The Explorer's Club, NYC

Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Annual art and charity collaboration for "Boudin, Bourbon and Beer" and "Carnival du Vin"
 

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 

Art collaboration effort and fundraiser to save Louisiana Coast, The Oyster Platter project

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions. 

2020

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 

Art collaboration effort and fundraiser to save Louisiana Coast, The Oyster Platter project

Emeril Lagasse Foundation

Annual art and charity collaboration for "Line, Wine and Dine"

LEWA Wildlife Conservancy: Safaricom Marathon

Alex Beard to run the Half Marathon in Kenya and raise money to support conservation efforts in East Africa. Find more info here 

Conservation Safari Summer ‘20
Led by Alex Beard, a 10 day experience in Kenya tracking wildlife to learn about conservation and the environment. 

Wild. Art. Safari

Join Alex Beard as he ventures into the authentic

wilderness of Southern Kenya to set up an adventure camp for exploration and creativity. 

Find more info here 

Artwork donations made to local school and charity auctions.