Ali Armstrong

Snow Leopards (Panthera Uncia)

Alison ArmstrongComment

48x48 gallery wrapped acrylic painting of endangered snow leopards. Reference photo taken by my husband.

%10 of proceeds from this painting will go to the Snow Leopard Trust. "Our community-based conservation programs aim to break this cycle of poverty and create incentives for herders to protect local wildlife and ecosystems"" 

Every day at least one snow leopard is killed. These beautiful cats live in the high mountains of central Asia. They live in twelve countries including, Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Conservation Status: Endangered

Estimated population: 4,080-6,590. 

Major threats: Competition with humans over natural food sources, hunting, habitat loss and illegal trade. 

Snow leopards are perfectly designed to live in the frigid, high-altitude climate of the Himalayas. They have huge furry paws that act as natural snowshoes, a long furry tail that helps them balance (and double as a scarf), and an enlarged nasal cavity to breathe the thin air and thick fur for insulation. 

To find out more about these cats visit:

https://www.snowleopard.org/snow-leopard-facts/

http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/snow-leopard

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/s/snow-leopard/

 

 

 

Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni)

critically endangered, northern white rhinoAlison ArmstrongComment

 48x48. Gallery wrapped acrylic painting of the critically endangered northern white rhino. 

10% of Proceeds from this painting will go to the International Rhino Foundation and their fight for saving Rhinos across the world.

There are only three Northern White Rhinos left on this Earth! They are all at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Armed guards are watching over them 24/7 in response to intense poaching pressure. There are two females and one male. They are considered too old to reproduce naturally. However, scientists have harvested sex cells from the rhinos and are planning IVF in a related southern white rhino surrogate. This is a great effort to help save this subspecies!

Northern white rhinos and southern white rhinos are genetically distinct subspecies. 
The Northern White Rhino once lived in southern Chad, the Central African Republic, southwestern Sudan, northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and northwestern Uganda. Poaching has led to their extinction in the wild. 

The illegal wildlife trade of horns, tusks and body parts is 20 billion dollar industry. The rhino horn is often used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is ground to a powder and ingested as a treatment for everything from cancer to sea snake bites and hangovers.  

 

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