‘As a child I came across the volumes of Austrian naturalist, artist and author Joy Adamson in my grandmother’s bookshelf. The accounts of a woman who emigrated to Kenya in her 20s and dedicated herself to wildlife preservation while documenting her experiences in paintings and writing, inspired me to embark on a similar journey. At 18, following a period of having lived and travelled between more than 15 countries, I moved to a small island in Southeast Sulawesi. A few years prior my father and friends had come across a small, uninhabited island, its surrounding waters at the time heavily overfished. Aware of the reef’s potential, they set up a dive resort and Wakatobi Collaborative Reef Conservation Program was born in 1998, now a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Through its extensive conservation efforts it is not just one of the world’s most beautiful and biodiverse coral reefs but also one of the world’s largest privately-funded marine protected areas. ‘ – Lena C. Emery


For almost a decade Emery has been working closely with animal welfare and environmental groups including the RSPCA as well as Trees for Cities, Her book Yuka & The Forest published in 2018 (printed on 100% recycled paper with 30% of profits donated to the World Wide Fund For Nature), called on all of us to switch from apathy to action to prevent the continuous demise of our woodlands, while reminding us that only by fostering an interconnected value system will we be able to regain this vital relationship with our natural habitat.


Emery leads a plant based lifestyle and actively campaigns against the use of fur and/or exotic skins and does not collaborate on projects where these are present: Solution Driven Action.pdf 


To become active through volunteering, fostering, adopting or direct initiative funding in support of one of the below NGOs get in touch: info@lenaemery.com

Trees for Cities


Wakatobi Collaborative Reef Conservation


Since we humans have the better brain, isn’t it our responsibility to protect our fellow creatures from, oddly enough, ourselves? Wildlife is something which man cannot construct. Once it is gone, it is gone forever. Man can rebuild a pyramid, but he can’t rebuild ecology, or a giraffe.

– Joy Adamson


To live on this primarily nonhuman planet, we must change how we think of nonhumans. The salvation of humanity—for it’s us, not the world, who need to be saved—and our continued lease on this planet depend on our development of tree consciousness. We are here by the grace of trees and forests. They make our atmosphere, clean our water, and sustain the cycles of life that permit us. Simply see, and the rest will begin to follow. Every other act of preservation depends on that first step.

– Richard Powers