I felt the title of this piece described the lion well. Estimated 1.2 million lions existed in 1880, now down to less than 20,000. Human interference is the main cause of the massive reduction of this incredible species and for what reason?
Lion trophy hunting has been a tradition for hundreds of years and still goes on today. Proponents claim hunting lions (usually male lions like this one I drew) brings in money for the local communities and villages. It is also claimed only 3% of this money actually goes towards that.
Now catergorized as Vulnerable.
Charcoal on Fabriano
90 x 60cms
Estimated 100,000 pencil strokes for this drawing.
A self-taught realism artist born and raised in West Auckland, New Zealand.