Ali Armstrong

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Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus)

Endangered, Asian ElephantAlison ArmstrongComment
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Asian Elephant. 48x48. Acrylic Painting. $4,800

*Prints and pillows available

Inspiration/reference photos from this painting are credited to Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary  

Meet Wassan! She lives at Boon Lotts Elephant Sanctuary (BLES).  BLES is passionately devoted to creating a safe and natural home for Thai elephants.

"We care for rescued and retired elephants, allowing them to interact freely within 600 acres of forested land. There are no performances — just elephants.”

10% of the sale of this painting will go to BLESS for the adoption of this exact elephant!

For more information on BLES visit: http://blesele.org/ 

Asain Elephant Facts:

Conservation Status: Endangered

Population: 40,000 -50,000

Major Threats: Human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss, and poaching

Process Photos:

 

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http://blesele.org/

Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis)

Black Rhino, critically endangeredAlison ArmstrongComment

*SOLD | 48x48. Gallery wrapped acrylic painting of the critically endangered Black Rhino. (LEFT)

10% of this sale went to WildAid and their fight against the illegal wildlife trade. *prints available

*SOLD | 36x48. Gallery wrapped acrylic painting of the critically endangered Black Rhino. (RIGHT)

10% of this sale went to the International Rhino Foundation and their fight for saving Rhinos across the world.

The Black Rhino

Conservation status: Critically endangered

Location: Southern and eastern Africa, including: Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Population: 5,000 – 5,400

Major threats: Illegal poaching - (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. ) 

Between 1970 and 1992, the population of this species decreased by 96%. Since then Intensive Anti-poaching efforts have been made. We've seen great results since 1996. The population is now between 5,042 – 5,455 in the wild.

How are we helping? 

10% of the sale will go to the International Rhino Foundation and their program for black rhinos. The Zimbabwe Lowveld Rhino Program is protecting and growing Zimbabwe’s largest population of black rhinos through monitoring and anti-poaching efforts, combined with treating, rehabilitating and translocating rhinos as needed.

Fun Facts :

How can you tell the difference between the black and white rhino? Their mouth.  Black rhinos have a pointed lip. This helps them pick fruit from branches and select leaves from twigs. White rhinos graze on grasses so they have a flat, wide lip.

 

CITES: Appendix I

https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/species_of_rhino/black_rhinos/black_rhino_factfile

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/b/black-rhinoceros/

http://rhinos.org/species/black-rhino/

 

 

 

Snow Leopards (Panthera Uncia)

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

*****SOLD*****

%10 of this sale went 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"" 

*prints and pillows available

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/

 

 

 

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