19×25 pastel on sandpaper. Original unavailable and residing in Florida.
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Wild Cats & Their Environment; 100-499 Views; AMAZING Wildlife; For the Love of Cats; For the Love of Cats (12-31-12);
I did this piece as a trade to a photographer (Pete Carmichael) who came through for me in a pinch – I needed “cheetah feet”!! He was so prompt, considering the piece was already going. He was also quite surprised when this showed up at his door!!
The Jaguar is found today from southern Mexico southwards to Argentina. Its last stronghold is Amazonia and it is rare everywhere else. Until the 1940s there were still small colonies in Texas and Arizona, but it is now extinct there. It is also believed that there are only a few hundred left in the whole of Central America.
Because of its forest habitat it is difficult to estimate its total numbers with any accuracy, but it is safe to say that it is an endangered species because of deforestation, persecution as a result of its attacks on domestic animals, and, above all, fur-trapping. The fur trade records show that, as recently as the 1960s, there was an annual slaughter of no fewer than 15,000 jaguars in Amazonian Brazil alone. Today, 15,000 is probably not too far from the figure for the total world population. (information from The Big Cats )