Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cats A-Z: E (Endangered)

6.5" x 8" (paper) 4" x 4" (image)
Oil-based inks on bright white printmaking paper
Artist's Proof
Available for purchase here.


He confronts we who know his fate with large, watery eyes. Almost 900 recorded species of life have gone extinct since the year 1500, but it is estimated that 140,000 species actually go extinct every year. If the critically endangered Iberian Lynx were aware of this, how might he contemplate his status in the universe? If he knew that he is one of perhaps one hundred of his kind left, how might he look at we who hold his fate in our hands?

The Iberian Lynx is one of the most endangered wild cats on earth. If the Iberian lynx were to become extinct, it would be the first big cat species to do in 10,000 years. Human destruction of the biosphere is widely believed to be causing a mass "Holocene Extinction". Critically endangered species such as this teeter on the edge of either going the way of the dodo, or recovering thanks to targeted conservation efforts.

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