Robert Bateman (Prints)
High Kingdom – Snow Leopard (Print)
Renaissance Ed. Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 225
28 x 40 / 71.12cm x 101.60cm
Unframed (US Dollar): $1,295.00
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High Kingdom – Snow Leopard
(34 x 48; Renaissance Ed. Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 70; $1695.00 U.S.)
“Of all the big cats, the snow leopard is perhaps the most endangered species.
Although it lives in one of the wildest and least accessible parts of the world,
the Himalayas, it is very vulnerable. If the tropics are the richest in life
forms, the poles and the mountaintops are the most sterile. Vegetation is sparse,
plant eaters are scarce, and therefore, the predators will be few and their
breeding potential low.
Also, as in most parts of the planet, man is increasing and attempting to expand
his agricultural boundaries. This means his flocks supplant the wild goat and deer
that the leopard feeds on. The leopard naturally turns to domestic animals and
gets killed by the herdsman. Trophy hunters also shoot him for his rare and luxurious pelt.
The snow leopard is large with thick, gray fur and an exceedingly long and heavy
tail. The tail serves to balance as he leaps from rock to rock and also acts as
a warm muff. The face is different from all other cats, being very wide between
the eyes with a prominent forehead. They like to sit high in the mountains with
a commanding view watching for food that is decreasing and watching for
enemies which, sadly, are increasing. The species really need the help
of those who care.”