Close up image of a stack of newspapers

Art exhibition highlights stark reality of illegal wildlife trade

Stunning work by renowned wildlife artist Gary Hodges will be on display in Heart & Soul, his first solo exhibition in 22 years

A press preview with the artist, celebrity patrons and wildlife experts, will take place on Monday, April 18, at 5.15pm at the Mall Galleries, London SW1


ONE of the UK’s top wildlife artists, Gary Hodges, is preparing for his first solo exhibition in more than two decades, Heart & Soul, which features over 150 exhibits following a sell-out private viewing.

Motivated by recent, devastating figures which indicate that as few as 400,000 elephants remain in Africa and that their population has declined by 97 per cent in less than a century, Heart & Soul is dedicated to these amazing animals and is set to raise thousands for the work of Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

The press preview of Heart & Soul will be an opportunity to meet Gary and some of his celebrity fans, and to speak with experts about the devastating illegal wildlife trade. Gary will be joined by Virginia McKenna OBE, Rula Lenska, Pam St Clement, Anneka Rice, John Altman and Jilly Goolden, as well as experts from Born Free, EIA and the UK’s National Wildlife Crime Unit.

To confirm your attendance at the press preview, please email

Heart & Soul will be open to the public Tuesday, April 19 to Saturday, April 23

Opening times: 10am-5pm daily (late night opening on April 21 until 8pm)



1. The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. It rescues animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.

2. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) investigates and campaigns against environmental crime and abuses.