FRAGILE: SOUTH CHINA TIGER 8x10 print

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FRAGILE: SOUTH CHINA TIGER 8x10 print

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A series of illustrations of animals with porcelain skin depicting the fragility of endangered species and nature in general.

A South China Tiger surrounded by Middlemist Camellias.

The South China Tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) is a critically endangered subspecies of the tiger. It is native to southern China, where it hasn't been spotted since the late 70ies, making it possibly extinct in the wild and the most threatened of all tiger subspecies.
In the 1950ies the tiger's population declined drastically due to government "anti-pest" campaigns announced by Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward. Uncontrolled hunting, deforestation and reduction of prey animals, as well as growth of urban areas shrunk the population numbers from around 4000 to a mere 150-200 in the matter of three decades.
Since there is no confirmed presence as of today, the conservation group CITES declared it their goal to reintroduce the tiger into the wild.
In 2007 the global population of South China Tigers was no more than 72 individuals, all which have been born in Zoos.

Middlemist Red or Middlemist Camellia is known to be one of the world's rarest flowers. In 1804 John Middlemist brought it to England from China, where it since has vanished from the wild. As of today it can only be found in 2 gardens worldwide; one in the UK and one in New Zealand.

The South China Tiger and the Middlemist Red have these things in common, so I chose to combine these beauties in this piece of the "Fragile" series.


- Prints are sized 8x10 inches and printed in watercolour textured paper

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