Artist gives classic card game environmental twist with beautiful illustrations of endangered animals

The game helps to publicize the number of endangered species in Poland and reach more people, including young people. Wearmedicine

An artist has designed a game of memory with pictures of animals that are endangered in Poland.

More than just a game, it helps connect players with the natural world.

Also known as “concentration” or “pairs”, memory is a card game in which cards a placed face-down on a surface. 

The cards normally feature pictures on one side – two of each picture per pack. 

Polish artist Weronika Kolińska illustrated the cards herself, with detailed pictures of animals in black and white, along with their names in Polish.Wearmedicine

Players need to turn over a pair of matching cards.

Polish artist Weronika Kolińska has given this classic game an environmental twist by creating a pack of memory cards with pictures of endangered animals, along with their names in Polish.

The cards feature a variety of endangered animals that live in Poland, from large mammals, such as the brown bear, to insects like the green hawker, a type of dragonfly. Wearmedicine

Kolińska illustrated the cards herself, with detailed pictures of animals in black and white, along with their names in Polish.

The cards feature a variety of endangered animals that live in Poland, from large mammals, such as the brown bear, to insects like the green hawker, a type of dragonfly. 

Other animals depicted include the Aesculapian snake, which is native to Europe, the mouse-eared bat and the Apollo butterfly.

The young artist's work is driven by her love for the animal kingdom; on Instagram, she describes herself as 'vegan for the animals'.Weronika Kolińska/Facebook

In Poland, the Ministry of the Environment compiles a list of protected animals, which cannot be killed, captured or moved from their usual environment, among other things. 

The most recent list, published in 2016, contains over 200 species of animals ranging from bison to shorebirds, along with 27 types of bat.

Weronika says that she has been fascinated with nature and animals for as long as she can remember and tries to express her admiration for their beauty through her art. Weronika Kolińska/Instagram

The young artist's work is driven by her love for the animal kingdom; on Instagram, she describes herself as “vegan for the animals”. 

One of her T-shirt designs features a drawing of a cow, pig, hen, rabbit and duck, with the slogan “Friends not food”. 

Also known as 'concentration' or 'pairs' the memory card game helps connect players with the natural world.Wearmedicine/Instagram

She sells her prints on online platform Etsy, where she describes her work as a “nature lover’s art”.

The pack of memory cards, called “Together for Nature”, can be purchased online. (e.g here: https://wearmedicine.com/p/medicine-gra-memory-by-weronika-kolinska-15772)