Robert Bateman (Prints)
Twilight Siberian Tiger (Print)
Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 180
20" x 30" / 50.80cm x 76.20cm
Unframed (US Dollar): $1,275.00
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“Night is the time of the tiger. He moves carefully and quietly through the blue world of late dusk in winter.
Although it is misty, he has no problem seeing. Because the snow makes a pale background, he can easily
be seen in this open woodland by his prey species, the elk.
But there are greater difficulties facing this tiger and all of his wild brethren.The elk and other large prey
are becoming scarce. Since the fall of communism, game laws are barely enforced, and weapons have
proliferated. This also means that tigers are more easily killed for the illicit trade in tiger parts, marketed
as oriental medicine. The other result of the advent of ” capitalism” is the rampant logging which is
destroying the tiger’s habitat at an alarming rate.
More properly called the Amur tiger, the range of the Siberian tiger is now restricted to the Amur-Ussuri
River watershed. In 1900, there were approximately 100,000 of these majestic animals. In the year
2000, their numbers are estimated between 300 – 350 in the wild and twice that in captivity.
I have portrayed this tiger almost vanished in the evening mists. I hope that present trends can be
reversed before the wild population vanishes.”