What’s scaly from tip to tail and can curl into a ball? Pangolins! These solitary, primarily nocturnal animals, are easily recognized by their full armor of scales. A startled pangolin will cover its head with its front legs, exposing its scales to any potential predator. If touched or grabbed it will roll up completely into a ball, while the sharp scales on the tail can be used to lash out. Also called scaly anteaters because of their preferred diet, pangolins are increasingly victims of illegal wildlife crime—mainly in Asia and in growing amounts in Africa—for their meat and scales. Eight species of pangolins are found on two continents. They range from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered. Four species live in Africa: Black-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla), White-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis), Giant Ground pangolin (Smutsia gigantea) and Temminck's Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii). The four species found in Asia: Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata), Philippine pangolin (Manis culionensis), Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) and the Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla). All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws, and two are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/64/Patrick-Cabral/Pangolin or follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Find out more about WWF’s initiative on Pangolin at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/pangolin Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds. Let me know what other endangered animals you want to see on paper cut on the comments.
The first thing I read on Facebook today was "Poachers Break Into French Zoo, Kill White Rhino And Steal His Horn” . "Poachers forced their way into a French zoo and killed a southern white rhinoceros named Vince, sawing off one of his horns before fleeing into the night." "Despite bans by international convention and French law, the illegal sale of rhino horns persists because of demand for use in traditional Asian medicine. A kilogram of rhino horn sold on the black market for nearly $54,000 in 2015, according to the zoo.” The white rhino is an endangered species, with an estimated 21,000 remaining in the wild across the world, mainly in South Africa and Uganda. Their horns are sought after in Asia, where they are valued for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. Someone actually suggested that maybe we should cut-off all their horns to prevent poachers from killing Rhinos. It’s infuriating how we are at the point that people are considering this as a solution. This animal was the hardest one to make. I really want to make something that highlights Rhinos specially when @inkhappythoughts shared that there are only three northerns whites left and it’s guarded 24/7 by armed men. This papercut is inspired by Albrecht Durer’s woodcut from 1515 . It’s one of my most favourite image ever. The first time I saw it was from an encyclopaedia and it has been seared into my memory. I want to make a piece that I would personally would want to keep and this one is among my most favourite. You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/27/Patrick-Cabral/Rhinoceros or follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Find out more about WWF’s initiative on Rhinos at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/rhino Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds. Let me know what other endangered animals you want to see on paper cut on the comment section.
Did you know that the Dholes are famous for their communication skills? They produce a variety of sounds like growls, whistles, screams and clucks to communicate each other. In 2014, the Indian government sanctioned its first dhole conservation breeding centre at the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park (IGZP) in Visakhapatnam. The dhole has been protected in Russia since 1974, though it is vulnerable to poison left out for wolves. In China, the animal is listed as a category II protected species under the Chinese wildlife protection act of 1988. In Cambodia, the dhole is protected from all hunting, while conservation laws in Vietnam limit extraction and utilization. In 2016, the Korean company Sooam Biotech was reported to be attempting to clone the dhole using dogs as surrogate mothers to help conserve the species. You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/77/Patrick-Cabral/Dhole Or follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds. Let me know what other endangered animals you want to see on paper cut on the comments.
There’s recent news lately of another animal considered from the endangered species list, were killed by poachers inside the National Park it were under protection in. And this time, it’s the elephant. Satao II, the last of the great tusker elephant, was found dead at the Tsavo East National Park, Kenya, believed to be shot by a poisoned arrow. Tusker elephants are considered to be precious and an in-demand commodity, often an attractive target to poachers for their ivory tusks, which can grow down to the ground and can weigh up to 112 pounds. Their tusks are used for medicines or other ivory-related commerce, a demand equally lucrative as the rhino, if not more. It's estimated that as few as 25 tuskers remain in all of Africa, and only 10 were observed by the Tsavo trust in January. My wife @origamidreamer, who knows more about the cultural significance of the elephants, saw this piece and instantly connected how it was important to certain religions and symbolisms. The elephants are symbolized by various cultures on wisdom, royal power and divine knowledge. They are gentle giants who, even with all their power and strength, emanates a sense of calm and familial bond. They are also important due to their longevity in their years, which proved to be beneficial for younger animals for their social and ecological experience. You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/28/Patrick-Cabral/Elephant follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Find out more about WWF’s initiative on Elephant at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/elephant Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds. Let me know what other endangered animals that needs more attention. Please repost if you feel like we should talk more about this issue.
Today's artwork for my @aoklife and @wwfphilippines collab is a sea turtle. I'm always reminded of a joke by George Carlin where he suggest that “plastic" could be the answer to our age-old philosophical question “Why are we here?” It's funny until you see marine animals wrapped in plastic. There was even a National Skip the Straw Day that was first celebrated last Feb. 24, so people would stop using drinking straw for at least a day. "Seven different species of sea (or marine) turtles grace our ocean waters, from the shallow seagrass beds of the Indian Ocean, to the colorful reefs of the Coral Triangle, and even the sandy beaches of the Eastern Pacific. WWF’s work on sea turtles focuses on five of those species: green, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback and olive ridley. Human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners. Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites. It alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings. WWF is committed to stop the decline of sea turtles and work for the recovery of the species. We work to secure environments in which both turtles—and the people that depend upon them—can survive into the future. " You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/31/Patrick-Cabral/Turtle or follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Find out more about WWF’s initiative on Rhinos at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/sea-turtle Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds.
And to cap off this series is a papercut of a Giant Panda. It was still listed as an endangered species when I started this project last December 2016. In 2017 Giant panda is no longer endangered. There’s still hope for humanity after all :) You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/109/Patrick-Cabral/Panda or follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Find out more about WWF’s initiative on Giant Panda at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/giant-panda Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds.
Did you know that the Snow Leopard has no relation with the leopard? – it is closer to a Cheetah The snow leopard’s powerful build allows it to scale great steep slopes with ease. Its hind legs give the snow leopard the ability to leap six times the length of its body. A long tail provides balance and agility and also wraps around the resting snow leopard as protection from the cold. For millennia, this magnificent cat was the king of the mountains. The mountains were rich with their prey such as blue sheep, Argali wild sheep, ibex, marmots, pikas and hares. Snow leopards are found in 12 countries—including China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, and Mongolia—but their population is dropping. Climate change poses perhaps the greatest long-term threat to snow leopards. Impacts from climate change could result in a loss of up to 30 percent of the snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas alone. You can purchase the artwork at https://www.aoklife.com/auctions/40/Patrick-Cabral/Snow-Leopard or follow the link on my profile. I’m donating 50% to @wwfphilippines Find out more about WWF’s initiative on Rhinos at https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/snow-leopard Follow @Aoklife to find out how you can help Charitable Institutions raise funds. Let me know what other endangered animals you want to see on paper cut on the comments.