Monday, October 27, 2008

Indochinese Tiger in Transparent Watercolor

The San Diego Zoo has a ¼ acre habitat resembling a natural jungle that houses it’s Indochinese Tigers. I was lucky enough to catch this one resting in the cool of partial shade one mid-afternoon summer day when they are usually the least active. Their enclosure is built on a steep slope with lush foliage, a waterfall, stream and numerous logs to climb on. In the wild these tigers live mainly in Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Southern China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and the Malaysian Peninsula. They are distinguished from Bengal tigers by their smaller size and darker coats with shorter, narrower stripes. Females are about 8’ long and weigh up to 250 lbs. Males are about 9’ long and weigh up to 400 lbs. Their natural diet consists of wild pig, deer, & cattle. Some countries have no zoos or organized protection for them in the wild from being killed by poachers for their fur.

I painted fireworks in the background to represent the threat these beautiful felines face at the hands of poachers.

22” x 28” original painting (contact Mara Mattia for price quote)

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