The giraffe in this painting was referenced from a photo by Karl-Kristian Jahnsen Hus. Karl-Kristian is currently working on a special wildlife project called, "Behind Bars, Faces of the Unfree". The project consists of 9 different photos taken in two different zoos in Sydney, Australia. The images show the sullen faces of animals that are ripped from captivity to be imprisoned by cages. Theses animals have no way of communicating verbally with humans, yet their eyes don't lie, they are the mirror of the soul. We keep them behind bars for selfish greed. Their feelings are not taken into consideration.The project show animals feelings through the mirror of the soul.
I wanted this painting to represent what I image the soul of a free giraffe, in its natural habit would be... bright and vibrant
If we were to take a poll in the US on America's favorite animal, giraffes would be listed in the top 5. So why are americans one of the greatest reasons giraffes are in threat of becoming extinct? The population of the world's tallest mammal has dropped rapidly in recent decades, dropping 40% since 1985 from 150,000 to only 97,500 existing in sub-Saharan Africa. Believe it or not there are now fewer giraffes in Africa than elephants.Giraffes have suffered from loss of habitat, disease and illegal hunting for bushmeat. They also face the risk of collisions with vehicles and power lines. But the petitioners argue that the species is facing added pressure from “trophy” hunters who travel to Africa to shoot their big-game quarry. These hunters overwhelmingly come from the US. According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service database, over the past decade Americans imported more than 21,000 giraffe bone carvings, more than 3,000 skin pieces, and 3,744 miscellaneous hunting trophies.
How sadly ironic, that we are wildly responsible for destroying, and eliminating what we love so much?
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