I always research each animal when I draw them as this process allows me to understand the animal better. The animal kingdom is an endless source of fascination an inspiration to me, and I am a keen student of the natural world. This selection is by no means complete, but I hope you will enjoy it regardless.
The Andean flamingo is the rarest flamingo in the world and one of the three flamingo species that inhabit the high Andes in South America.
Sadly, the Andean flamingo is suffering from population decline as a result of habitat loss, changes in water levels due to mining activities, intense egg-collecting, disturbances by humans and erosion at nest sites.
Arctic wolves are smaller than grey wolves, They also have smaller ears and shorter muzzles to retain body heat.
Unlike other species of wolf, the Arctic wolf rarely comes into contact with humans so it does not face the threat of hunting or persecution.
Unfortunately, humans still poses the greatest threat to the Arctic Wolf through climate change. Extreme weather variations in recent years have made it difficult for populations of muskox and Arctic hares to find food. This has caused a decline in numbers of the traditional food supply of this elusive wolf.
This illustration is in memory of all the animals that were trapped during the fires in the Amazon Rainforest. The rainforest are the lungs of the world... And we need them to breathe. What could possibly be more important than that?
Why does the zebra have stripes?
Because they don't want to be spotted!
Jokes aside, scientists have been debating the evolutionary reason behind the zebra's stripes for over a century. Could it be a) courtship b) camouflage c) a natural way to cool off d) fly repellent?
Take a bow if you answered D!
Latest research shows that the geographic range of zebras and other striped species overlap nicely with the range of bloodsucking flies. Biologists who buy into this hypothesis say that striped animals have an evolutionary advantage as they wouldn't suffer from health issues associated with bug bites.
For those skeptics who answered B, I would suggest you watch The Big Cat Diary!
It is magical being underwater, in an element that we humans really should not be in, and experience the peace and stunning beauty below the surface.
This little fish of almost impossible beauty represents everything I love about the world beneath the waves... colour, light, life, and incredible adventures.
Can you imagine living in a world without polar bears? Polar bears are critically endangered, due to melting sea ice caused by global warming. Sea ice is crucial to the survival of these majestic creatures. Less sea ice means reduced habitat, not only for the bears, but the entire food chain on which they depend. Something has to change. No sea ice mean no bears. As with so many endangered species we humans are both problem, and solution. Change ourselves, or change the planet. We have a choice, the polar bear and many other species do not.
The lynx is one of my absolute favorite animals, and in need of protection due to their dwindling population, especially here in Norway. The Eurasian lynx can be quite a secretive creature....The sounds it makes are very low and often not heard, and their presence in an area can go unnoticed for years. My hope is that these beautiful and elusive cats will be allowed to thrive and that they can all sleep in peace, just as sweetly as the one I have drawn here.
We call these beautiful birds “Kongeørn” or Royal Eagle in Norway. They often mate for life and we currently have around 1200 couples here. They are doing well after many years of being protected here.
However... the Norwegian government have now approved a “trial project” where shooting the Golden Eagle again will be allowed... I guess they have decided that no animal is allowed to thrive in our country anymore. And with this ridiculous project, the government is sure to send the population of Golden Eagles into the danger zone again. And I don’t even understand why they feel the need to shoot them...
There are now less than 150 bears left in Norway. Only around 13 litters of cubs are born each year, but some years there can be even fewer than that. But what is much worse, is that the Norwegian government still allows many bears to be killed every year despite them being critically endangered.
This drawing was made as a part of a campaign to raise awarness for NOAH, a Norwegian organisation who fights very hard to protect the wild animals in our country. They have sued the Norwegian government over their ill informed and inhumane policies on the eradication of wild animals. They are also constantly working towards banning unethical and cruel forms of hunting, such as trapping and hunting with the use of helicopters.
The wolf in Norway is now critically endangered. Only 50-150 wolves live in the forests here...Despite these extremely low numbers, the Norwegian government has decided that no more than 4-6 wolves are allowed to have pups each year.
The wolf is not a victim of loss of habitat in our country. Norway consist of 38% forest and 7% mountain. A perfect habitat for wolves! Only 2% is developed and 3,5% is for agriculture, so wolves really do not pose any threat to anyone at all. Despite this, wolves are still being hunted and will almost certainly become extinct very soon.