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Vivien Maloney
07-15-2014, 11:51 PM
Endangered Animals & Birdshttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Jul-2014/196305-black-rhino_468_600x450__Black_Rhinoceros__copy.jpg

Title:Endangered Animals & Birds

Project Leader:Vivien Maloney (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/member.php?action=getinfo&userid=196305)

Date Added:06-22-2014

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Almost every country in the world now has endangered animals & birds. For instance, the Black Rhino in Africa, the Giant Panda in China, the critically endangered and only ground-dwelling parrot in the world, the Kakapo in New Zealand. Whales, Dolphins, Seals...the list is endless. Lets look at these endangered species and use our art to celebrate those animals & birds who struggle to survive with the hope that no more species will become extinct. After all "extinction is forever".

07-17-2014, 03:11 PM
All right, now I can post my work in progress with description and finished image. Projects system really needs some reworking! :) The above didn't save descriptions >_<
On to my work. As I work close to elephants and manage everything that concerns them at our zoo, it was natural to me to paint an elephant and touch the subject of mass murder now happening in Africa. It's hard to believe how cruel humans can be for money. Thousands of elephants killed for ivory, thousands of orphans, some of them have enough luck to be taken to David Sheldrick shelter in Kenya. Some of them don't survive. Elephant baby, if survives, carries this memory of their mother being killed for the rest of their lives. Some pouchers attack the baby to have their mother come to rescue and then kill her, leaving the baby elephant desparately seeking for her voice, milk, warmth while she's dead. If rangers don't find the baby, it dies. Do we really want to live in such world? Many say if we do not stop pouching, in ten years we will have no African elephants.
Here are some useful links
Elephant Voices (http://www.elephantvoices.org/)
Save the Elephants (http://savetheelephants.org/)
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (http://www.dswtwildernessjournal.com/)
Amboseli Trust for Elephants (http://www.elephanttrust.org/)
Elephant Listening Project (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/elephant/)
New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/world/africa/africas-elephants-are-being-slaughtered-in-poaching-frenzy.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&)

People must know. We must act. Otherwise we lose these magnificent, intelligent animals.


Work in progress


1. Digital sketch with texture test - drawn with Wacom tablet, document size 30x60cm in print so that I can plan composition. Digital sketching saves my paper and pencils and lets me change and adjust as much as I want, also quickly compare versions and try different color schemes. The sketch is then printed (without texture) in painting size and transferred onto the canvas.


2. Sketch transferred on canvas using Saral transfer paper. Digital drawing allowed me to position the head as I wanted so while drawing on the canvas I didn't have to worry about placing the head as it was already done correctly digitally. Ready sketch is sprayed with pastel fixative to prevent smudging.


3. The canvas is liberally covered with W&N Artists' Acrylic Flow Improver mixed with a little water (about 15% water) with soft, large flat brush. While it is still running down the canvas acrylic paint is applied: alizarin crimson, prussian blue and yellow ochre. I start from the top and squeeze the brush (large round, hog bristle) against the canvas to release more paint and make it form large drops. As W&M medium contains alcohol ethoxylate, when used in such large amount it dissolves acrylics creating effects similar to watercolor wet-in-wet technique. I sometimes shake the canvas to help paint run where I want it to but most of the time I let the paint find its way.


4. When the canvas is dry I start with elephant head using burnt umber, yellow ochre, payne's grey, alizarin crimson and titanium white. Tusks and trunk are painted using mix of alizarin crimson and burnt umber, running paint technique is used on the fading areas, exactly as in the background. For background I use again alizarin crimson and payne's grey, applying diluted paint (with water) on top of the canvas, letting the paint run down and immediately applying clean W&N flow improver straight from the bottle on top of the canvas to help the paint flow even more, with unexpected texture effects when the medium dissolves the paint. I repeat this step on tusks and trunk after initial layer is dry. To create a frame I use Copic markers and Tim Holtz marker spritzer by Ranger, handy little tool that allows to use the marker as airbrush, forming soft areas or more irregular splats depending on how close the tool is to the canvas and on what angle. Color used is Deep Red from Copic Sketch palette and Warm Grey (dark) from On The Run markers. Both types of marker are alcohol based and they are not dissolved by W&N medium, which in this phase is not used. Various colors of markers from brown/grey/red palette are used across the painting to create shades and texture.


5. Using palette knife and mix of alizarin crimson and burnt umber I add thick paint at the bottom, forming texture and various shapes imitating blood stains. I shade them gently with titanium white. All further shading and darkening on elephant head is done with markers and marker spritzer, using variety of colors from brown/warm grey/yellow palette. Specific areas are highlighted using titanium white acrylic. To break overall red tone of the painting I add payne's grey acrylic on top of the canvas and help it run with flow improver and water.


6. Shading elephant's head with markers, dark colors plus black. Also adding black marker on top of the canvas and to darken red bottom texture. Marker was added from the spritzer.

continued in next post

07-17-2014, 03:14 PM
After the work is dry and photographed, colors adjusted, here is final work

Extinction is forever
acrylic and markers on canvas


Glad I could participate!

Vivien Maloney
07-17-2014, 04:30 PM
Olga - your paintings is wonderful, such a powerful statement, and your comments are very thought provoking and realistic. Great work!:clap:
You obviously feel very strongly about this subject, as do I, and this was my thinking when posting this "Endangered" aimals Project.
Ive seen many documentaries on tv about what is happening to these magestic animals, sometimes killed for their ivory - their carcases left to rot!

Once a wildlife species becomes extinct, they are gone from us forever, and the world is a much poorer place because of it!:crying:

Thank you for posting your wonderful paintings and your comments.
I do hope other members get behind this project and post some paintings.
There are so many endangered animals and wildlife out there.

07-18-2014, 02:34 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Jul-2014/1256189-elephant_3.jpg Wow,Olga, A strong statement!
Vivien - the rhino....the slaughter in our national and private parks is so high, it is discussed quite regularly on our news networks!
I've had the privilege of being able to obtain permission from Mike Haworth, the photographer, to use his photos for my art. Here is one of his black and white photos I did in graphite.

Vivien Maloney
07-18-2014, 02:46 AM
Christel - wonderful graphite of an elephant group! Love the little one!

Yes the Rhino is hunted for its horn, the elephants for the ivory in their tusks! These wonderful animals may become extinct if there is not enough measures taken to protect them. Luckily there are many dedicated people out there that do care! :thumbsup:

07-18-2014, 02:50 AM
Great painting Olga lovely style

Nice drawing Chistel I just commented on it i

07-18-2014, 02:54 AM
Thanks Vivien and Robert! I thought I may add my A4 drawing of a rhino too.

07-18-2014, 05:08 AM
Thank you for your comments. It is a strong piece for me and very personal. Having a great chance to work close to elephants, to see how they grow, how they learn, how they suffer and how they feel greatful when we cure them (here is our latest big event, first in Poland, I was the one responsible for organizing this craziness to save our elephant's health http://www.nzg.ac.za/release/2013_08_01.php
and http://www.zoodentist.com/ where you can see some photos on the right, the guy in red bandanna is my husband, head elephant keeper ^_^) - it is a privilege. I have contact with many people involved directly in wildlife conservation, not only in Africa, it's very tough job but it must be done.
Believe it or not, in Pretoria zoo there are armed guards set at nights to protect their white rhinos' facility. Unbelievable... this is a zoo in the end. Alas, it happens, I used to work in Warsaw zoo and one night someone broke in and salughtered all Thomson's gazelles for their heads. It was terrible to enter the zoo in the morning only to find out headless bodies. Zoo guards were hopeless at that time as they had no guns but who would expect it would happen?? In the center of the city?

I'm glad more people are joining. These are really great drawings, I like them all :) I may enter again with another painting, this time a bird perhaps, my favourite and one that I took care of at Warsaw zoo, the extinct in the wild Bali mynah.

Vivien Maloney
07-18-2014, 03:41 PM
Olga - thats awful there has to be armed guards in a Zoo to protect the animals from humans! What a terrible thing to happen!

Christel - wonderful Rhino drawing! Marvellous texture, youve portrayed the folds of his skin perfectly! Great job on him!

This is a list of 10 of the most endangered animals & wildlife in the world, but the list goes on and on. Wikipidia list 100 but there are so many more.

African Elephants
The Mountain Gorilla
Javan Rhinoceros
Amur Leopard
Both the Northern & Southern Right Whales
Siberian Tiger
NZ Kakapo - the only ground-dwelling parrot in the world - crtically endangered, only 126
The Giant Panda
NZ Maui Dolphin
NZ Southern Sealion

Vivien Maloney
07-18-2014, 04:22 PM
This Project is for members who would like to paint/draw an animal/bird/wildlife, that is on the endangered list.

You may want to do a painting from an animal which is endangered in your country or from another country. :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing your artwork, to add to the wonderful work that's already been posted. :clap:

07-18-2014, 09:56 PM
viv, gerat topic for subject matter!
Appreciating the beautiful work already posted--
Olga- your piece touches my heart, very poignant.
Christal - lovely drawings, the elephants are really cool.

Just back from Florda, saw many unusual birds I never get to see up north. I just looked up the spoonbill I saw-- it IS on the Everglades endangered list!

Vivien Maloney
07-18-2014, 11:53 PM
Hi Pat - thanks for your comments on the paintings already posted.
Aha, maybe we will see an Everglades Spoonbill from you here???

07-19-2014, 04:17 PM
I had a quick look at what other animals are on the endangered list, and there are some very surprising entries. The cheetah and the hyacinth macaw is on another google search under endangered species?
Here is one of my favorite canine friends, the African wild dog. A3 oil pastels.

Vivien Maloney
07-19-2014, 04:38 PM
Christel - what a beautiful oil pastel of the African Wild-dog! Ive always thought that they looked just a bit like scavengers, but your painting has given him such a likeable, appealing personality! He actually looks quite regal! You are certainly handling those oil pastels well!:clap:

Yes, I think this Endangered Project, will produce many animal & bird species that we didnt know, were on the endangered list. And every country has its own endangered species also. Probably there will be some, weve never heard of.
For instance, NZ has a giant native snail, that is so rare I never knew it existed!

07-20-2014, 02:43 AM
Thanks Vivien. The wild dogs are also known as the painted dogs. They are ferocious hunters, working in a pack to chase and kill their prey which they do quickly. I like their structured family ties where only the alpha female has pups and the whole family feeds them. The pups have a babysitter while the rest of the pack hunts. A totally opposite animal to the hyeana!

Vivien Maloney
07-20-2014, 03:25 AM
Christel - thanks for telling us about Wild dogs. I never knew much about them and always connected them with Hyenas. They sound fascinating animals and I love the way that they leave one of the adults to baby-sit the babies! Very clever and sound as if they have similar intelligence to domestic dogs.

07-20-2014, 04:41 AM
The wild dog is wonderful! I love how peaceful he looks. Great job!

There are many endangered species and the list is longer every year. It's hard to name all species of course. Some are extinct in the wild and one of them I painted as my second entry for this project. Oh, wait, in 2001 there were 6 birds in the wild but since then I believe they are not present in the wild. I'm talking about Bali mynah (also known as Bali starling, Rotschild's mynah, white starling), national bird of Bali island. It's (was?) endemic in Bali. I had great pleasure to take care of these intelligent, smart and a little crazy birds at my previous zoo, they are indeed wonderful and their songs are very beautiful, always accompanied by specific "dance".

Here is Bali mynah painting, done with acrylic on curassow feather. This is my first feather painting and I think I will continue. The feather comes from one of our zoo birds and of course was found in the enclosure. The feather is not the best quality so for my next projects I will use either peacock's wing feathers or most likely goose feathers but for now this will do.
The feather is 38cm long.




Currasow is another Red List species so I will not continue painting on its feathers, I don't even own any more, this was experiment that I will continue on feathers from common birds.

07-20-2014, 04:53 AM
Thought I'd copy my post from Animals forum as it concerns this project

It's terrible to hear about new murders every day. [...] Things are literally life-threatening and I cannot admire more all these rangers ready to sacrifice their lives to save elephants. It's regular war, war that is paid by Chinese and US money mostly as these are greatest markets for illegal ivory.
The thing is that African countires suffer from lack of organisation, people are dying from hunger and at the same time governments spend millions of dollars on useless things like new houses and cars, this is put very simple but this is as simple as that. Corruption and poverty are killing elephants and rhinos.
As an act of good will some African countries made world shown action (read more here (http://wwf.panda.org/?205420/Gabon-set-to-burn-thousands-of-ivory-tusks-and-carvings)) of burning all ivory they had stocked, illegal ivory they had taken from pouchers. A good sign. Also US did the same with ivory stocked in one of their bonded warehouses. China claimed they will not support trading ivory but who knows what they will do. Read more here (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140108-china-ivory-crush-illegal-endangered-elephant-animals-poaching-science/) Ivory sculptures is a part of their history and tradition but it should be changed if we want elephants to survive.

07-20-2014, 02:40 PM
Wow, Olga! That is incredible, painting on the feather! I guess it takes a very light hand to do that!

Vivien Maloney
07-20-2014, 03:15 PM
Olga - I saw a documentary on tv about the elephant and rhino poachers and saw also, they were burning the poached ivory to discourage them. And still it goes on.

Wonderful painting on a feather! You must have had a very delicate touch to paint that!
I'd never heard of the Bali Mynah. Never knew it existed (or not now as the case may be).
It's extremely interesting to see paintings of different species that we dont have knowledge of.

chammi kaiser
07-21-2014, 04:39 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jul-2014/39224-085._Tryptech_-_Elephanta_a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jul-2014/39224-064._Three_big_bottoms.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jul-2014/39224-086._Tryptech_-_Schreiadler.JPG

This a a subject very close to my heart and one in which I am involved in a number of ways. These are three paintings I would like to share with you . As an artist, I try to capture the soul of the animal so that it remains in my heart and mind .

Christel , as a fellow South African born artist, I am so pleased you are engaged in painting the endangered wildlife of Africa. Your powerful painting of the possible demise of the elephant is touching and relevant.

Wild Dogs are a total fascination for me. I have been fortunate to observe a pack for several days . Their social behaviour is unique. They have beautiful markings and are extremely rare. I have several sketches in my African sketch book but as they move quickly and silently, sketching is fleeting.

Nice work on your Wild Dog and on the feather.

07-21-2014, 01:56 PM
Beautiful artwork Chammi! I'm not up to date with eagles. Please tell us which eagle portrait that is? Fantastic feather work!

07-21-2014, 02:11 PM
May I add some more? My favorite animals are the big cats,so here are A4 paintings. I really don't know what tiger it is and how to id the endangered one.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jul-2014/1256189-cheetah_ops.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Jul-2014/1256189-tiger_ops.jpg

Vivien Maloney
07-21-2014, 04:56 PM
Chammi - wonderful, strong, paintings! They make a very powerful statement!

Christel - beautiful paintings of the Cheetah and Tiger!

This is wonderful! We are beginning to build up a visual diary of the world's Endangered Wildlife. A sad reflection on our world to think that in years to come, these paintings maybe the only record we have of these magnificent animals.

chammi kaiser
07-22-2014, 05:12 AM
Thanks, these wonderful creatures mean so much to me.
I like your cats Christel.

Julian, this is the Schrei Adler . I think it is the Lesser Spotted Eagle in English. Will have to confirm. Here in Germany, there is a very strong lobby to protect the environment of these lovely birds. The breeding pairs are limited but there has been a slight increase in the numbers.

07-22-2014, 09:27 AM
I must congratulate Viv for launching this laudable Project . I am participating in this group with great enthusiasm .
Great beginning has already been made by Olga, Christel , Chammy with their splendid works .
I have selected Black Rhinoceros , an endangered species also in India .
The remarkable high resolution pic . I used , is by ' Hotblack' in a free site .
Scratchboard work as usual with Fiberglass brush . Size 10x8"


chammi kaiser
07-22-2014, 10:30 AM
Beautiful work Venkat. Rhinos are so big but so very vulnerable. I love those wrinkles.

07-22-2014, 12:56 PM
Beautiful work, Venkat! The texture is great!

Vivien Maloney
07-22-2014, 03:00 PM
Venkat - wonderful work on the Black Rhino! Now on the crtically endangered list.

Chammi - it's always great to hear of groups, throughout the world, who are doing their best to protect these wonderful animals and birds! :thumbsup:

We have a very strong "Kakapo Recovery Organisation" here in New Zealand, for our Kakapo, the world's only ground dwelling parrot. Thought extinct but in 1950, there were found 1 female and 2 males on a remote island off New Zealand. Kakapo numbers are now up to 126! :clap: thanks to some very dedicated people! They are very slow to breed and so rare that every chick is hand-raised in a protected area. When old enought to defend itself, they are realesed into the wild. They are all given names and every chick born, is a successful story for New Zealand's crtically endangered Kakapo. :clap:

07-23-2014, 02:13 PM
I've found some beautiful photos of endangered species on wikipedia. What is the copy right on those photos? I saw a photo of the kakapo on list25.

Vivien Maloney
07-23-2014, 04:27 PM
Christel - kakapos are very large, and very endearing parrots. To see a Kakapo it is to fall in love with them at first sight. They spend their entire life on the ground and make burrows in the forest floor to nest in. They waddle around like little old men and have little whiskery faces like beards. The BBC filmed a documentary about them a few years ago. The most famous of them is "Sirroco" who went viral on utube when he misbehaved while sitting on his Ranger's head!
Im not sure about the photos...maybe ok, as long as you didnt intend to sell the painting? I dont know. Ive always wanted to do a painting of them.

07-25-2014, 03:33 AM
I've had a look at the kakapo photos, and they are so cute! Their wings are small relative to their bodies.
My first introduction to the beautiful hyacinth macaw was in a bird sanctuary in Durban some years ago. We were advised not to go close to him because he bites! Here is a portrait I did a while ago in oil pastels from a PMP reference.

07-25-2014, 10:13 AM
And a gorilla! In oil pastels.

Vivien Maloney
07-25-2014, 04:11 PM
Christel - Lovely painting of the beautiful, blue Macaw!

Superb oil pastel of the Gorilla. Beautiful, soulful eyes and youve caught the intelligent, wondering expression magnificently! I wonder what Gorillas think of humans?

07-29-2014, 07:59 AM
Wonderful works, indeed a splending gallery of various species.

Thanks for comments on my feather painting. It takes a light hand but I also found a way to make the feather stiff a little more so it accepts brushwork easily. To my surprise painting on the feather is not that different than on canvas. And to my surprise - and happiness - I can own some of feathers I have access to and don't need CITES documents so I can finally use Great Vulture feathers which is a lucky thing as these feathers are extremely smooth and stiff enough.

As for rhinos - according to IUCN the Western Black Rhino(Diceros bicornis ssp. longipes) is now extinct. Here is citation:

The last extensive survey of possible rhino range in the last known range state, Cameroon in 2006, failed to find any rhino or signs of rhino (dung, spoor or signs of feeding) but did find evidence of widespread wildlife poaching and local rhino monitors faking rhino spoor in the absence of any surviving rhino. There have not been any reports of any sightings or signs since 2006. Given the wildlife poaching taking place, lack of political will and conservation effort by Cameroon conservation authorities in the past, and increasing illegal demand for rhino horn and associated increased commercial rhino poaching in other range states, it is highly probable that this subspecies is now extinct.
(The IUCN List of Threatened Species)

07-29-2014, 03:33 PM
That does sound ominous.
Here is a Hawaian crow which is extinct in the wild. Done with charcoal and white chalk.

Vivien Maloney
07-29-2014, 04:10 PM
Olga - That's so very sad! :crying:

Christel - Beautiful charcoal drawing of the Hawian Crow. Sad that this species is now extinct also. But it's good that we can remember these extinct species with our art.

08-03-2014, 04:12 PM
I had another look at some animals on the endangered list. I was surprised to see the wolf and the grizzly and hippo on there. A number of sharks, whales and dolphins. Some more cats: the tigers are in cp and the jaguar is in oils. The snow leopard I did a while ago in pastels.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Aug-2014/1256189-tigermom.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Aug-2014/1256189-jaguar_grisailles.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Aug-2014/1256189-IMG010s.jpg

Vivien Maloney
08-03-2014, 04:32 PM
Christel - three very well rendered paintings - all 3 are beautiful paintings of these endangered animals: :thumbsup:
You mentioned Dolphins - New Zealand is fighting, at the moment in the World Court, to have our extremely endangered "Maui Dolphin's" protected zone extended. Im not sure whether NZ 's Maui Dolphin is even mentioned on the endangered list - as its a sub-species of the Dolphin.

We are building a pictorial library, with this thread, of so many of the World's endangered and extinct animals! Sad to look at these wonderful animals and birds and think that maybe in 20 years time, or less, they may be gone!

Vivien Maloney
08-03-2014, 05:25 PM
Ive just looked at the World Wildlife Endangered Species list and our Hectors Dolphin is there and they also mention the sub-species the crtically endangered "Maui Dolphin" which is only found in New Zealand waters - only 55 left apparently!

chammi kaiser
08-04-2014, 10:45 AM
I get so sad when I look at World Wildlife Endangered Species list. It is just awful what we are doing to these lovely animals.

Lovely work Christel . I especially love your tigers.

chammi kaiser
08-04-2014, 10:51 AM

This is the Feldhase or European Brown Hare. It is extremely endangered as farming practices have narrowed its environment drastically. Lovely creatures with beautiful eyes. It is a rare treat to see one. Road kill does not help either.

Vivien Maloney
08-04-2014, 03:36 PM
Chammi - lovely painting of the Eurpean Brown Hare!
I was surprised that hes endangered, but of course its caused by the same problem as in many countries - humans encroaching on their habitat! How sad.

Its very interesting (and of course sad as well) to see species from other countries, who I may have never known were endangered e.g. the Brown Hare and Christel's Hawaian Crow.

08-04-2014, 04:40 PM
Chammi - a beautiful painting of the Feldhase!
It's really interesting to see what all is on the list. I was really surprised to see the grizzly, the bighorn sheep, the great white shark on this list. Here too is an ocelot which I painted a while ago, and a wolf and puffin.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Aug-2014/1256189-bear_aw_julys.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Aug-2014/1256189-Bighorns.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Aug-2014/1256189-shark.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Aug-2014/1256189-ocelotss.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Aug-2014/1256189-Jummy!s.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Aug-2014/1256189-puffin1s.jpg
I've read of the grey wolf and the red wolf being on the list. What is the difference?

Vivien Maloney
08-06-2014, 12:05 AM
Christel - Thank you for posting your paintings! Great job on all of them! :thumbsup:

Yes, it's very surprising as to what's on the List.
I did know about the Great White Shark...I think it's been overfished, especially in the South Pacific. I didn't know the Grizzly was. But that makes sense as I guess it's habitat is declining also. I guess that would also be the cause of the Wolf's decline too.

I'm also sad to hear that the Puffin is on the List!
I remember, as a very young child at school (oh, so very long ago!) doing a project on the Puffin. Until then Id never even heard of the Puffin, but having to do that Project, I learnt so much about it...a fascinating bird!

chammi kaiser
08-06-2014, 04:40 AM
Nice work Christel. I love the wolf.

08-06-2014, 08:30 AM
Read and enjoyed the entire thread, love this Project! I will have to join and do something for it... not sure what yet, but I love them all.

Vivien Maloney
08-06-2014, 03:45 PM
Thanks Robert. Looking forward to seeing to your painting.:thumbsup:

chammi kaiser
08-11-2014, 05:07 AM
Hi Robert, I too, am looking forward to what you come up with.

08-13-2014, 04:01 AM
OMG, how lovely to see these works. A true tribute to endangered species. I think I might have a go in this project!

chammi kaiser
08-13-2014, 05:32 AM
Please do Katja. We would love you to join in. Looking forward to your work.

08-14-2014, 07:39 AM
The hippo in charcoal. My reference is from a photo taken by Mike Haworth.

chammi kaiser
08-14-2014, 10:22 AM
You are amazing Christel. You never stop drawing and painting. Hats of to you and your lovely Hippo.

08-14-2014, 12:10 PM
Hi, brilliant drawings of endangered animals and birds! I'm sending one of my pencil drawings of a tiger, which I had drawn some time back. Tiger population is declining in India. Hope these drawings and paintings will inspire conservation of these beautiful creatures. :) Prabha:wave:

08-14-2014, 12:24 PM
Lovely drawing Prabha! I don't think there is a subspecie of tiger that isn't on the endangered list.

08-15-2014, 02:01 AM
I did this orangutan in acrylics and oils a little while ago.
Here is a list of animals divided into endangered categories. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_species

08-15-2014, 02:55 AM
I did this orangutan in acrylics and oils a little while ago.
Here is a list of animals divided into endangered categories. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_species
Wow, beautiful! and what expressive eyes! :clap: Prabha

08-15-2014, 02:23 PM
My chin is on the floor, such a lovely face. Beautiful expression and wonderful depth of color Christel.

Vivien Maloney
08-15-2014, 05:19 PM
Prabha - lovely drawing of the Tiger, who is indeed very endangered.

Christel - OMG - wonderful Hippo charcoal, he looks alive!
What can I say about the Orangutang but WOW! As Prabha has already said "my chin is on the floor also"!!! Youve portrayed such a gentle, caring rendition of him, and those "oh so human eyes", are wonderful! Beautifully rendered and certainly one of your best works! I love it!

08-16-2014, 04:47 PM
Magnificent thread!

This colored pencil piece, Jungle Enchantress, I donated to a charity auction for the benefit of conserving orangutan's in the Wild. The reference photo was provided by a photographer who also works towards orangutan conservation efforts, Roger Smith of Australia, by permission. 2013.

Full w.i.p.

08-16-2014, 04:56 PM
This colored pencil piece, Dinosaur Eye, was painted from a reference photo of an endangered African Hornbill; taken one of my favorite photographers, Wendy Salisbury of the UK (paid small fee for download of photo and right to use). 2013. Thanks for looking.

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Vivien Maloney
08-16-2014, 04:59 PM
Karen - Oh what superb work! You have shown the veins in her face and those intelligent, human-like eyes are magnificent! :clap: And your Dinosaur eye is magnificent too! Wonderful work!:clap:
Dinosaurs are certainly extinct. Many theories exist about why they died out. But the most common one at the moment is climate change. Makes us think doesnt it?

Wonderful work from all of you! This thread of Endangered Animals is building into a magnificent art library of beautiful animals species!

08-16-2014, 05:16 PM
"Keep a Sharp Eye" 22"X18," Colored Pencil, Acrylic and pen. Original art, 2014

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08-16-2014, 05:26 PM
Thank you Vivien, here's one more...

Harpy Eagle, reference by generous permission of fantastic Flickr photographer (D200-Paul) Paul Fernandez of South Miami Heights, Florida. Colored pencil with acrylic and colored pencil background and gel pen. 2014

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The endangered harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) is often referred to as the "ruler of the rainforest;" however it is actually one of the most endangered birds in Latin America. They are the heaviest of all bird species, with thick legs and 5-inch talons, or claws. Although their population once ranged from Mexico through Argentina, harpy eagles have disappeared almost entirely from Central America.
Full article: https://www.aza.org/Education/KidsAndFamilies/detail.aspx?id=1787

Vivien Maloney
08-16-2014, 07:07 PM
Karen - Wow! "The eye of the Tiger indeed", beautiful! Thanks for the WIP's
Wonderful painting of the Harpy Eagle. I have never heard of the Harpy Eagle, but he looks magnificent!

It's very interesting - and also sad of course - that some of the animals and birds paintings posted here, are not always those that we think of when we think of Endangered Species. This thread is proving to be very informative, with such amazing art of these endangered species.
Please keep them coming. :clap:

08-17-2014, 02:47 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments.
Wow Karen, fantastic artwork! I didn't yet come across the ground hornbill in the lists.

08-19-2014, 02:48 PM
Thanks for the lovely comments.
Wow Karen, fantastic artwork! I didn't yet come across the ground hornbill in the lists.

Thank you kindly Christel and thank you Vivien again :wave:

08-24-2014, 04:28 PM
A clouded leopard and an okapi in oil pastels both A4 size.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2014/1256189-clouded_leopards.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2014/1256189-okapi_s.jpg

08-24-2014, 05:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2014/1019242-13913380628_ffac14ea20_o.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2014/1019242-14099977785_1d000639ce_z.jpg

These are both native species where I live. These were part of a recent ATC project I did where did almost entirely Florida native species.

The Florida Panther has similar heritage to a Puma, a Mountain Lion and a Cougar but the Florida based one is said to be so rare that there are only about 100-160 wild population left of a species that once covered the entire Southeastern portion of the states.

The Florida Manatee is harder to track, but speculation lies that there are only about 1600-5000 left; mostly in Florida. 2013 saw the recorded death of 803 manatees in a single year. They are slow moving and unable to escape boat propellers. It is significant that you will rarely find one that doesn't have some sort of scar on its back from them. I have had the pleasure of encountering these human-trusting "sea cows" in my backyard growing up. They were fond of an intercoastal plant called an Elephant Ear that grew along the banks in my backyard. They would hover until I broke off the ones that were outside of reach and feed them. What a rare treat and fond memory that was.

Vivien Maloney
08-24-2014, 05:43 PM
Christel and Lucy - Thank you both very much for posting your wonderful artwork of Endangered Species, :clap:

Christel - Tell us about the "Clouded Leopard" - is it a different species of the Leopard or a sub-species? I have seen the Okapi on tv, recently.

Lucy - I've never heard of the Florida Panther, but have seen tv docos about the Manatee - such a gentle creature, so endangered from boats and humans.

It's wonderful to see all these various species that many people may not have heard of before - but so sad too, that soon they may not exist.

08-25-2014, 01:27 AM
The clouded leopard is about 90 - 106cm high. Already extinct in Taiwan.They have a gorgeous colored coat worth looking at. Here is a link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clouded_leopard There are 3 subspecies, the extinct one in Taiwan and 2 others from Nepal to China.
Great paintings of the Florida panther and the sea cows,Jess!

08-26-2014, 12:19 AM
Wow, lot's of seriously beautiful animals here.

I have two endangered rodents in mind I would love to do tomorrow and list here. A Kangaroo Rat and a Long Tailed Chinchilla.

My preference is to do baby animals which I will make up after looking at a bunch of photos. I'm too played out now to start tonight but will have "fresh eyes" after a good nights sleep.
Good night,

08-26-2014, 07:30 PM
The endangered long tailed chinchilla is a popular pet but in its native home of Chile it is being hunted to near extinction for its fur.

The San Bernardino Merriam's Kangaroo Rat is on the endangered list due to imposing habitat destruction.

Both these pieces are acrylic on Strathmore paper for acrylic. They are typical art card size 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches which is the same size as a baseball card.

I first painted the entire cards background color and added the image over the dark color.


Vivien Maloney
08-26-2014, 08:28 PM
Thea - These two animals look really endearing! Their little hands are so sweet! I've never heard of the Kangaroo Rat.
It's so interesting to see posts of animals that we may not know about!
Thank you for posting them :thumbsup:

08-26-2014, 08:56 PM
Thank you, Vivien.

Kangaroo Rats are prevalent in Australia. Somehow this strain got to the US. Not sure how but they've been here a long while are now an important part of the desert ecosystem.

Rodents of all kinds have always attracted me. There are so many various kinds in every part of the world, one can not keep up with them. Lemmings live near the arctic circle (and they don't commit suicide). Common rats were introduced to Antarctica from whaling ships traveling in that area years ago and now over run the place. Scientists are devising ways to rid that continent of introduced species such as rats that are not contributing anything good to the ecosystem and are instead upsetting the system. While rodents virtually live everywhere and are often considered pests, they can also be adorable little creatures, plus some species make friendly pets. The main objective in most rodent's lives is to eat - to ware down their ever growing teeth, and to cuddle.


08-28-2014, 03:18 AM
Thea - lovely little rodents! No wonder they are kept as pets.
Something fishy next. The hammerhead shark in oil pastels. The sunfish or mola mola in oil pastels. These fish are huge. The first time I saw one was in the Oceanarium in Durban some years ago and was duly impressed. The coelacanth, in oils, is a deep sea fish off the coast of South Africa, thought to be extinct but now back on the endangered lists.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2014/1256189-coelacanths.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2014/1256189-hammerhead_opss.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Aug-2014/1256189-mola_mola_2s.jpg

08-28-2014, 03:32 AM
The red wolf, also known as the Florida wolf or the Mississipi Valley wolf was driven to near extinction but is now on the critically endangered list. A more detailed description is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_wolf
My painting is in oils

08-28-2014, 05:59 AM
I think I have my wolf references a bit mixed up. The painting is a European grey wolf from Gary Jones at PMP. The red wolf has a tawny color. The eastern wolf is more brownish in color and is also known as timber wolf. The maned wolf is gorgeous with its long legs. The arctic and Iberian wolves are still unknown to me. It does seem thought that all wolves are on the endangered lists.

08-28-2014, 08:54 PM
I didn't even know there were wolves in Florida. Learn something new everyday I guess, Great Thread, really fun to look through

08-29-2014, 02:19 AM
I'm blown over by the amount of talent here!

I'm also learning about endangered animals/fish I never knew about. Does this challenge end at the end of August? There are so many endangered animals.

SUGGESTION: Perhaps the art here can be put into action and be compiled into a poster whose profits (after printing and shipping and time costs) can go to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) or THE NATURE CONSERVATORY both leading Wildlife preservationist organizations. It could include paintings, sketches, whatever to form a poster collage perhaps with the name of each animal/fish some where on the poster or on an accompanying numbered diagram of animal/fishes names plus accompanying copyrighted artist's name - either individual or agreed upon groups name (unless there already is one I don't know about). Perhaps one poster alone could be devoted to animals effected by global warming, another by human greed, etc. Just as an Idea to organize the poster.
Just a thought.

Thea Smith

09-02-2014, 09:11 AM
A kakapo portrait in oils.

Vivien Maloney
09-02-2014, 07:12 PM
Christel - beautiful wolf painting and youve painted a KAKAPO! Yayyyy! Beautiful work on him/her!:clap:

Not many people get to see Kakapo but Ive been extremely priviledged to see two before they were released into the wild, and your painting looks exactly like them!
There are many organisations sponsoring them in New Zealand, and a few years ago two juveniles were brought to the city near where I live, as a thank you for all those that had sponsored them.

We qued for 2 hours and were let into their enclosure in groups of 10. They were in a huge glassed off room which was a replica of their normal habitat. The room was in darkness with a pale light shining on their glassed off enclosure, as they are nocturnal birds. There was no talking allowed and no cameras of course.
They were there, plodding around on the forest floor muttering to themselves and looking for bugs etc. They are quite a large bird and look like little old people the way they waddle about!

I lost my heart there and then, as did everyone who saw them! Even as young juveniles, they were showing such personality - surely one of the worlds most endearing birds!
They are so rare that every chick born, is mentioned in our national news.

The Kakapo Recovery Program is working well and they have come back from the brink of extinction. Only 2 males and 1 female existed in the 1950's and now they number over 100!

chammi kaiser
09-03-2014, 07:20 AM
Christel, love your Kakapo. Viv , you are so lucky to have seen one. I would love the opportunity. Your description of them is so vivid. I am delighted that the programme to preserve them is working okay.

09-03-2014, 08:53 AM
Thanks Viv and Chammi! Viv your introduction to the kakapo is great, especially since you've had personal experience.

09-03-2014, 09:34 PM
Gorgeous Fish and Wolf!

Thanks for thumbs up, tuscanny.

Vivien Maloney
09-05-2014, 04:49 PM
Thea - your suggestion for compiling a calendar of endangered wildlife species is a great idea but unfortunately not feasible. The compilation of a calendar from the paintings in this thread would be a massive job. There would be alll sorts of problems - the biggest of these would be copywrite and thats a massive subject in itself! :eek:

Cheryl Neilsen, (who is hosting the Animal &Wildlife Challenge this month) is at the moment having a calendar made to raise funds for her Animal Shelter in Bahrain. She has been 18months getting it altogether, and its been a huge job for her. Those who submitted photos of their paintings had to make sure they were from their own photos or they had to request permission from the photograper who had taken the photo of the animal concerned.
It sounds easy, but believe me its not! But thanks for your suggestion.

09-15-2014, 09:57 PM
Oh my Lord! There are so very many wonderful works in this project! I have been lurking, but finally have done a portrait of one of our majestic creatures that is on the endangered list and so thought I would share here. This is based on a photo generously provided by a friend of mine, Sandy Scott.
I have titled this "Do Not Fade to Black"
Pastel on Art Spectrum Colourfix Suede approx 14x18"

chammi kaiser
09-16-2014, 04:37 AM
Fabulous pastel work and a tribute to a truly beautiful bird. Love it.

09-16-2014, 08:13 AM
Beautiful pastel work and a very apt title! Well done!

Vivien Maloney
09-16-2014, 05:33 PM
Linda - Wow! Beautiful work on this wonderful bird! Love your title too - very clever.
So sad to see these magnificent birds threatened with extinction. Thank you for sharing him with us. :thumbsup:

09-16-2014, 08:16 PM
Chammi, Christel and Viv: Thank you all for your nice comments, I am really happy to have been able to join in this month. I apologize for not commenting on all your wonderful art individually as I let the month almost get by before realizing that I did have a piece which would work. I will try to stay more on top of what is happening and hopefully participate more often.

09-19-2014, 03:17 PM
I do believe the bald eagle is also endangered. This is an A5 size mixed media drawing with graphite included.

Vivien Maloney
09-19-2014, 03:30 PM
Christel - I didn't know the Bald Eagle was endangered. Is this the same eagle that has become a icon for America? I've often wondered why it's called the "bald" eage.
Beautiful work on the eagle Christel, especially on his eyes!
Thank you for posting. :thumbsup:

09-19-2014, 04:00 PM
Oh dear. If it's not on the list please remove my post.

Vivien Maloney
09-22-2014, 07:26 PM
Christel - Don't worry about it. If it's not on the list it may soon be, from what I've read, so we will leave it there. :thumbsup:

Vivien Maloney
10-08-2014, 06:03 PM
Some of you may have seen Christel's beautiful painting of a Kakapo, New Zealand's, and the world's, only most endangered ground dwelling Parrot.
If you haven't seen it, its back on page 6 of this Project.
Well our beloved Kakapo "Sirroco", has made the news headlines again. Sirroco has his own Facebook Page with over 1,000 followers.

We've recently had an election in NZ, and the new Ministers were gathered at Parliament to be sworn in. SO who was there to greet the new Ministers and the new DOC Minister, (Department of Conservation) none other than our most famous bird "Sirroco"! Of course Sirrocco stole the limelight...well he would wouldn't he! I believe he behaved himself this time! :clap:

11-20-2014, 02:56 PM
Another endangered animal is the sea turtle.
This painting was done by emulating (well, trying to) a painting by Wyland, I didn't come up with it myself. It's done from his book Learn to Paint Step by Step Marine Life.

Acrylic on raw cotton fabric.


Vivien Maloney
11-26-2014, 09:26 PM
Ann - Such beautiful creatures, the majestic Sea Turtles. So sad they are endangered!
Your painting is wonderful Ann.

Vivien Maloney
11-26-2014, 09:38 PM
I thought you might like to share this news about New Zealand's extremely endangered Kakapo. You might see elsewhere in this Thread, about the Kakapo. In the early 1960's there were only 3 birds left in the world, 2males and 1 female....so very nearly extinct.
New Zealand has had a very successful "Kakapo Recovery Programme", for many years and now the Kakapo numbers are up to 126! Brilliant work from the Recovery Programme. Kakapo chicks are adorable! Little round balls of fluff.

SO its just been announced in today's newspaper that we are to have a Kakapo breeding programme in our nearest city! There has been a very successful Tuatara breeding programme here for many years, as well (Tuatara are considered the world's only surviver with direct links to the Dinasaurs. Tuataras are NOT lizards, They are a distinct species of their own, but do look like a big lizard.)

The Kakapo breeding programme will be in a similar situation as the Tuatara's...with an enormous outdoor glassed off area where the public can see them but they cant see us.
It is so exciting...not many people have seen a Kakapo but I have. They are such amazing birds...the biggest in the Parrot family,...and the only ground-dwelling parrot in the world. They waddle around on the ground looking for food, muttering to themselves....such an endearing bird...and we are to have a Kakapo breeding programme in our city...I'm so excited!!!!

Here's a copy of the article out of the newspaper

11-26-2014, 10:12 PM
Thank yo, Viv :).

I'd never heard of the kakapo, glad your country is doing something about it.

chammi kaiser
11-27-2014, 03:40 AM
Oh Viv, those little Kakapo babies are too cute for words. I have been doing research on these birds since you brought them to my notice. Fascinating stuff.

Ann - beautiful work on that Sea Turtle. I am very sad that these lovely creatures are also endangered.

11-27-2014, 07:22 AM
Thank you Chammi. I'm planning on doing more underwater creatures and maybe try to have less quasi-pointillism lol

11-28-2014, 12:10 AM
Ann- beautiful painting of the turtle.
Vivien - great news about the kakapo breeding program extending towards your city.

Vivien Maloney
11-28-2014, 02:22 AM
I am so excited that we are going to have this Kakapo breeding Centre here in our city!

It will be the only Kakapo Centre in New Zealand and therefore the world! :clap: :clap: :clap:

The very unique Tuataras have been bred in a special enclosure, very succesfully, here for many years and this will be an extension to that programme, because of the success of the Tuatara programme. All credit to the staff here who have spent countless hours, and many years with the Tuataras and this is why our city have been granted this very special Kakapo Recovery Centre! :clap:

Isnt it exciting to see something positive to help a dieing breed? So many species, in the world are becoming extinct, but the Tuataras and the Kakapo have been brought back from the brink of extinction and hopefully will learn to live again!!!
Yayyy, for all those dedicated people in the world to are trying to help our threatened species!

Anastasia Smith
12-04-2014, 07:17 PM
My art centers around wildlife. I try to convey the the inner and outer beauty of each animal in my painting and photography. Here are some examples...


This is done with prismacolor pencils on canson paper.


Done with acrylics on canvas board


Acrylics on canvas board

Siberian Tigers are very endangered and the largest of the big cats. My husband was born and raised in Siberia and he had two encounters with a wild Siberian tiger in his time there. The first was when he was a child. His family would make treks hundreds of miles long to make their living. One night he fell asleep outside of the tent and was woken up because a large tiger literally stepped on him. He said he was lucky the ground was soft because it's weight squished him into the soft earth instead of breaking bones. It stepped right on his chest and he says he remembers the tigers paw was so big that it covered his torso from collar bone to navel and arm pit to arm pit. He was maybe 7 years old. He stayed perfectly still and the tiger just walked on without giving him a second glance. It quietly wandered through their camp and left. I guess it was just curious.

The second time he was 13 or 14 and was on another trek with his grandfather. They had stopped at the bank of a river near a waterfall to rest. They kept hearing a loud splashing sound that was at regular intervals, but wasn't the waterfall. They went to investigate, and while they were approaching the falls they saw a tiger come soaring off the top of the cliff and splash down into the pool below the falls. The tiger then swam to the bank and went running back up the hill. A few minutes later he would come jumping over the side again. They watched him do this several times, the tiger was obviously having a blast playing in the water.

It makes me horribly sad to think these animals may disappear.

Shirl Parker
12-05-2014, 11:25 AM
...Sad to look at these wonderful animals and birds and think that maybe in 20 years time, or less, they may be gone!
Even sadder to think that in 20 years time we may be the endangered species. :(

chammi kaiser
12-05-2014, 12:44 PM
Anastasia, thank you so much for sharing that interesting story with us. Tigers are amazingly good swimmers. Nice work too on your tiger portraits.

01-29-2015, 10:25 PM
African Elephant Colored Pencil Sketch by Golanv Waya

Vivien Maloney
01-29-2015, 10:52 PM
Golanv - He's beautiful, wonderful Drawing!
I love the way he kicking up the dust! I can almost smell the dust and hearing him rumbling and snorting, and feel the wind from his ears flapping!
What a wonderful atmosphere you've achieved!:clap:

01-30-2015, 05:32 AM
Anastasia - lovely cats! One of my favorite animals!
Golanv- beautiful! Have you seen elephant in the wild yet? They are awesome.

chammi kaiser
02-06-2015, 05:36 AM
Lovely work on that elephant Golanv. Elephants are a joy to watch in real life. Your little fellow is wonderful. Love it.

03-11-2015, 02:21 PM
Here is another rhino in graphite :wink2:

Vivien Maloney
03-11-2015, 02:32 PM
Wonderful drawing of the Rhino Christel!

03-23-2015, 09:23 AM
Beautiful Rhino Cristel I can almost hear the thump of his hooves on the ground, and the baby elephant is just fantastic Golanv, the dust is almost choking!:clap: :clap:

03-23-2015, 09:26 AM
Beautiful paintings, I hope the day never comes when the world is without them. mapa:clap:

chammi kaiser
03-23-2015, 09:57 AM
Terrific drawing of an amazing animal Christel. Just breaks my heart when I see the horrific photos of what has been happening to them in the Kruger National Park. We were chatting to a conservationist game warden friend last year and he told us that the Rhino are terrified of cars. They are often chased by poachers in landrovers. There is a lot of corruption at high level and those that really care are fighting a tough battle.

04-09-2015, 01:06 PM

My rendition of a White Rhino mother & child.

I thought it might work as a Mothers' Day Greeting for those concerned with wildlife protection.


The colours/contrast in the original are less strong than they appear here.

H 290 mm x W 250 mm.
Watercolour on board, gouache highlights.

Vivien Maloney
04-10-2015, 01:16 AM
Beautiful painting of a tender moment between mother Rhino and baby!
Thank you for posting it - it's gorgeous! :clap:

chammi kaiser
04-10-2015, 05:30 AM
Lily, I think your painting is really lovely. Wonderful colours in the Rhino hides. Super watercolour.

08-03-2015, 01:33 PM
Already posted in the main forum.
I've always been concerned about the pressures faced by many species of animals and plants because of the exploding human population. It is encouraging to know that at least many others feel the same way. It would be a tragedy if our grandchildren become heirs to a world without many of the species currently under threat.
This oil painting was taken from a WWF posting on facebook. I don't know what species or sunbspecies it belongs to, I'm no expert.

A Tiger for Global Tiger Day


A higher res version is available here (http://www.hasroh.co.uk/gallery/cgi-bin/INNER.cgi?328)

Vivien Maloney
08-03-2015, 05:32 PM
Harry - thank you for posting your Tiger portrait to this Endangered Species Project.
Yes, it is appalling to think, in years to come, many of the species, who have been painted here, may have disappeared from this world forever!

chammi kaiser
10-12-2015, 05:40 PM
Harry, Christel and all the artists who have posted in this Project. I would like to thank you for honouring these lovely creatures and hope these paintings and the animals and birds will never fade away.

12-03-2015, 11:13 PM
Christel, this I love! Expression and capturing gesture are everything with wildlife art--you've done it :)

Deborah Susan Hill
01-31-2016, 12:44 PM
Hi again. Tigers are critically endangered worldwide with fewer than 5000 of them living in the wild. There are actually more Tigers living in zoos and big cat rescues in the USA than there are living in the wild world wide. The Siberian tigers in the USA were the result of the Milwaukee County Zoo's very successful breeding program but there is a problem with the gene pool as the initial pair they started with were a brother sister pair. Inbreeding was a definite problem until The USSR decided to exchange bloodstock with the USA to add new genes to the limited stock residing here. Tigers raised in captivity will never be used to replenish the stock in the wild as the survival rate for released captive raised cats borders on zero as they don't have the survival skills necessary to exist in the wild. If you couple that with the greed of an ignorant subset of the Asian Cultures that poach tigers for their body parts because they think they are aphrodesiacs the survival of big cat species outside of zoos into the next century is doubtful. So here is my rendition of a Siberian tiger:Ghost of the Taiga (boreal forest of Russia which runs from Siberia through upper Mongolia.) 18x24 inch Watercolor and Gouache on Arches 140lb. 300gsm rough paper painted with Daniel Smith and Davinci paint. It is a work in progress, nearing completion.. let's hope that something can be done to end the trading of endangered species animal parts on the black markets of the world.. Especially in Asia where the problem is huge! Reference photo, Tigers by Wine Country. in the Wet Canvas Reference Library.

Vivien Maloney
02-01-2016, 10:19 PM
Thank you Deborah for posting your beautiful tiger painting!
Yes, sadly, Tigers are one of the World's disappearing species. In years to come, these majestic animals may only be seen in Zoos - so very sad!

Deborah Susan Hill
02-02-2016, 03:21 PM
Regarding Rhinos: My experience with them is only with captive raised animals through the Milwaukee county Zoo in Milwaukee Wisconsin. It is rated as one of the top twenty zoos in the USA and concentrates heavily on breeding endangered species as well as habitat preservation/ conservation world wide.
While I was attending the University of Wisconsin School Of fine Art, I took many Comparative anatomy classes with my mentor and favorite professor Danny Pierce. We were allowed to see and do things behind the scenes at the zoo that most people never get anywhere near, from helping put together their feed to grooming some of the animals. The Indian Rhinoceros was a huge, friendly beast that would have crushed you to death just trying to get you to scratch the itchy spots behind its forelegs where its thick heavy leathery hide meets the legs in a deep fold. The skin in those folds is velvety soft and that Rhino would close its eyes and wiggle its extended lips in a state of ecstatic bliss as you reached through the bars and scratched deep in the folds in what would be the arm pit on a person. The elephants were much the same in terms of temperament. And the South American Tapir had a velvety bristly hair coat and loved to have its back scratched with a stiff bristled horse brush. The Keepers said that the African Rhinos were more unpredictable than the Indian Rhino and that we wouldn't be scratching them like we were the indian rhino as they would likely try to crush our arms against the bars on purpose. You don't realize how huge these animals are until you stand next to one in it's indoor enclosure and the 6 foot tall keeper next to you cannot see over it's back.. The same goes for Giraffes, Camels, Moose and of course the Elk and elephants and Rhinos.

Vivien Maloney
02-02-2016, 10:57 PM
What an amazing experience Deborah!
How wonderful would that be...imagine scratching a Rhino!