Bernie Peyton is an origami artist and a wildlife biologist who has been making some incredible paper animal sculptures for over 50 years. He has doctorate in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley and has been able to combine art and science to bring attention to the environmental issues and spread awareness about the threatened species to the masses.
“I write a lot of boring [academic] articles nobody reads, but conservation also has to appeal to the emotional side,” Peyton says in an interview with Wired magazine. “That’s why I do art.”
He published a book Eco Origami which consists of 35 lifelike models of walrus, polar bear, puffins, fox, owlets, owl chicks (shown above), red-eyed frog, eyelash pit viper and more. There are detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations to guide you fold each model from the beginning to end. Available here.