Panthera uncia - Dariya

NAME: Dariya
COUNTRY: Ukraine
TITLE: Panthera uncia
TECHNIQUE: Acrylic on Cardboard
YEAR: 2015
DESCRIPTION: The snow leopard (Panthera uncia ) is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. It is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species because as of 2003, the size of the global population was estimated at around 5000 adults, of which fewer than 2,500 individuals may reproduce in the wild.

An illustration depicting the snow leopard might hopefully draw attention to the problem of the Panthera uncia's endangerment.

The painting is done in vivid yet precise strokes, inspired from  the snow leopard's way of life. Snow leopards inhabit alpine and subalpine zones at elevations around 4000 m, their movement has to be fast and precise to survive the hardships of such terrain.
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS: Yes. As the author of illustration I have given permission for it to be loaded on Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0