Oil on canvas. A young Tiger relaxing in the undergrowth. As quoted by David: ‘In one of my braver moments, I was invited by the late John Aspinall to go in and play with one of his tigresses, who happened to have five very young cubs. She took no notice of me as I watched her cubs playing around her but on reflection, I would not be allowed to do this now. I still believe that that marvellous tigress knew I meant no harm – she acted just like a very large pussy cat!’ Limited edition prints of 1500 produced in 1992. Tigers are arguably one of world’s most iconic big cats. Their distinctive orange and black striped coat and fearless attitude have endeared them to world renowned literature and films such as ‘Life of Pi’, William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh and Jungle Book’s Shere Khan. Tragically, there are fewer that 4000 tigers left in the wild, seeing a devastating 96% decrease in just 100 years. The Amur tiger is the largest existing big cat species in the world. There are nine subspecies of tiger, three of which are extinct and one which is extinct in the wild.There are now more tigers in captivity in American backyards than there are in the wild. The illegal trade in tigers and tiger parts is driving the species to extinction. Since 1950, the world’s population has tripled, and agricultural and human settlement is encroaching on the tiger’s native ranges. As the human population expands the more likely this bold predator is to come into conflict with people, under pressure from declining resources. Thanks to the family, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork will support DSWF’s work protecting endangered species across Africa and Asia. Thanks to the family, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork will support DSWF’s work protecting endangered species across Africa and Asia. Please contact us at [email protected] or call on 01483 272323 for pricing and further information.