Spirit Cub by Sarah  Mac

“The spirit bear may owe its survival to the protective traditions of the First Nations, who never hunted the animals or spoke of them to fur trappers” – National Geographic

Not a polar, not albino, The Kermode or Spirit bear is a black bear born white. They are only found in a small area of the British Columbia forest and there’s thought to only be about 400 left. They can be born to 2 black parents who have the recessed gene.1/10 of this small population are born white. It’s illegal to hunt the kermode bear but unfortunately the black bear are not protected in this area even though they carry the kermode gene.Their future is dependent on their habitat being protected and buffered against migration with other black bears, diluting the gene pool.

More info about the issues and how you can help.
Spirit Bear Youth Coalition
Great Bear Rainforest

Materials -Watercolour and guache on design paper.
Featured in:
Art Universe – July 2012
Live, Love, Dream – July 2012
Decorative and Traditional Art – July 2012
Painted nature and object – JUly 2012


  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago


  • Thankyou Liz!

    – Sarah Mac

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful illustration and some both informative and educational info I didn’t have just five minutes ago. Thank you Sarah

  • Thanks Jim! These creatures are worth a bit of background info :D

    – Sarah Mac

  • phillipcmiller
    phillipcmilleralmost 3 years ago

    : )

  • Thanks Phillip

    – Sarah Mac

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 3 years ago

    07-07-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thanks Kira!

    – Sarah Mac

  • Veronica Schultz
    Veronica Schultzalmost 3 years ago

    Great work! Love the info too :)

  • Thankyou Veronica!

    – Sarah Mac

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaalmost 3 years ago


  • Thankyou!

    – Sarah Mac

    BLYTHARTalmost 3 years ago

    This is a wonderful painting and I do hope these delightful creatures continue to be protected.

  • Thankyou, I hope there’s enough awareness and action to stop the elements against them, especially the current man made ones.

    – Sarah Mac

  • Niki Hilsabeck
    Niki Hilsabeckalmost 3 years ago

    Please click here to see your features gallery and leave comments!

  • Thankyou Niki!

    – Sarah Mac

  • madvlad
    madvladalmost 3 years ago

    lovely rendition of mother natures wonder,they are soo beautiful,

  • Thankyou very much madvlad!

    – Sarah Mac

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago

    Your lovely feature are allowed to be submitted to THIS CHALLENGE …. and HERE you can view and comment on all 103 features for the month!

  • Thankyou!

    – Sarah Mac

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