Red Panda Day 2020

From its habitat of temperate forests to its adorable looks, the red panda is considered a flagship species for its home: the Eastern Himalayas.

By protecting these environmental-ambassadors, other species are likely to benefit too.

The Eastern Himalayas are considered a biodiversity hotspot. Home to iconic animals like Asian elephants, greater one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, clouded and snow leopards; unique species like Chinese pangolins, takin, and Ganges River dolphins; numerous bird species including pheasants and rufous-necked hornbills along with many other varieties of animals and plants.

This region is also home to millions of people.

As the human population grows, so does the need for space and resources, often resulting in unsustainable harvesting of forest resources and conversion of natural habitat to agricultural land.

Habitat loss is among the greatest threats to wildlife—and red pandas are certainly no exception.

Red pandas are listed as endangered, and the destruction of their forest homes is considered the biggest threat to their survival. The global red panda population has declined about 50% in the past 20 years and as few as 2,500 adults may remain in the wild.

Red Panda Network’s educational and sustainable livelihood programs are empowering local communities in Nepal to protect their forests. Since it was launched in 2019, Red Panda Network’s “Plant a Red Panda Home” project has helped plant nearly 50,000 trees in habitat crucial for the survival of these one-of-a-kind creatures. The mission is to restore habitats to create “biological corridors“ that reconnect fragmented forests.

Protecting red pandas, means protecting the forests in which they live.

To learn more about red pandas and the work being done to protect them and their habitat, visit the Red Panda Network

International Red Panda Day 2019

To celebrate the 10th annual International Red Panda Day 2019 here is this year’s original red panda art. To learn more about the original panda, discovered nearly 50 years before the giant panda, you can listen to the Amazing Wildlife podcast episode:

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Madagascar Socks For Sale

Last year I was fortunate to be chosen, from over 11,000 entries (and 90 different countries) as a finalist in the Sock It To Me original sock design contest.

Thanks to a tremendous show of support in the public voting my Animals Of Madagascar design was selected as the Grand Prize winner.

I am now very happy to announce that the final product, with some subtle design tweaks and officially titled “Madagascar Menagerie” is now available to purchase online:

Madagascar Menagerie Socks

You can see a timelapse video of my original design.

Thank you so much for your continued support of all of my artwork.

Savanna Sprinter

An amazing animal athlete that can reach a top speed of 70 mph (110 kmh) in just 3-4 seconds, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is renowned for being the fastest animal on land.

These fast felines are designed for speed! A flexible spine, long limbs and shoulder blades unattached to the collarbone allow the cheetah a stride of 22 feet (6.7 meter) – the same length as a thoroughbred racehorse. (see image…)

Caribou – The Reindeer

You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, and of course you recall the most famous reindeer of all…but did you know reindeer are also known as caribou?!

Reindeer and caribou are the same species – Rangifer tarandus. Reindeer is the name used when referring to the animals in Europe and Asia as well as domesticated individuals, while caribou is the name used for wild populations in North America. (see image…)

Snowflake Moray Eel

It’s said that no two snowflakes are alike. They bring to mind the winter season, holiday cheer….and eels?

The Snowflake Moray Eel gets its common name from the white blotchy patterns along its body. These markings provide the eel camouflage among the rocky crevices and caves of the Indo-Pacific region where it is found. They grow to be about 24 inches (60 cm) long. (see image…)

Christmas Island Red Crab

Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean known for its famous residents – found no where else in the world – the Christmas Island Red Crabs.

Christmas Island Red Crabs are around 4.5 inches (11.6 cm) and commonly found in the island rainforests. (see image…)