Tag Archive: cat

Feb 05 2014

Amur Leopard Maze

Amur Leopard Maze

Amur Leopard Maze

Try your hand at solving the Amur Leopard Maze.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) estimates that there are fewer than 40 individuals of this subspecies of the leopard left alive in the wild.  Their range is in the far east of Russia, and northern China.  There may be some left in Korea too.  They are a critically endangered species, and have been hunted extensively by people for their beautiful pelt, and their habitat is shrinking.  Conservationists feel that there may be hope that the Amur Leopard will once again have a thriving population.  This is in part because another large cat, the Amur Tiger has recovered substantially from a low of 40 or so individuals to about 450 now.

The Amur Leopard has widely spaced spots (rosettes) that distinguish it from other leopards.  It also has longer legs, and it’s coat changes with the seasons.  It is lighter and thicker in the winter, and darker and shorter in the summer.  I’ve made sure to emphasize the rosettes in my maze so they closely resemble the ones on the Amur Leopard.

The original artwork is on a 9″ x 12″ Bristol white vellum acid free piece of paper; drawn with Copic india ink.  Copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.

You can see the solution to the Amur Leopard maze here.

Download a PDF of the Amur Leopard maze here!

The Amur Leopard Maze is available as a greeting card, here.

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Jan 22 2014

Cheetah Maze

Quick,  do the Cheetah Maze!

Quick, do the Cheetah Maze!

Almost all cheetahs live in the deserts and grasslands in the central and southern parts of the African continent. They are the fastest sprinters on the planet. Cheetahs’ coats are golden-tan in color and covered with black spots. On each side of the face they have a distinctive black streak going from the inside corner of the eye down to the side of the nose.

 

  • There are only about 12,000 cheetahs alive today. About 200 of them live in the wilds of Iran. The largest population is in Namibia where about 2500 of them can be found.

  • Cheetahs are about 2 to 3 feet tall at the shoulder, and weigh about 80 to 140 pounds.

  • They live to be about 10 years old in the wild.

  • Females are usually solitary with a larger home range; males often live in small groups with a smaller home range. Range size varies greatly from about 20 square miles to over 1800 square miles. They are carnivores and they eat gazelle, wildebeest and smaller mammals.

  • In a dead sprint a cheetah accelerates from zero to sixty miles an hour faster than cars that cost more than $250,000. The cheetah reaches this speed in just less than 3 seconds.

  • The cheetah tires out quickly and must stop to rest after 20 seconds or risk deadly over-heating. During this sprint it travels the distance of 5 football fields, about a third of a mile.

  • At high speeds the cheetah’s tail acts like a rudder, helping the big cat to turn quickly.

  • The cheetah hunts during the day. Its excellent eyesight is adapted to desert conditions.

  • The pattern of spots found on one cheetah is unique to that individual.

  • Cheetahs can purr but they do not roar. Cheetahs also make chirping sounds; this may trick other animals into a false sense of security just before the cheetah strikes!

Click here to see the solution to the cheetah maze.

Download a PDF of the cheetah maze here!

The cheetah maze is also available as a greeting card.

 The original artwork was drawn by Rob Hughes on 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid free paper with archival inks.  The cheetah is built for speed.  This artwork is built to last.

You may want to compare this maze to my earlier Jaguar Maze.

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Nov 28 2013

Jaguar Maze

Jaguar Maze in the Tribal Art Style.  Fun and easy to solve!

Jaguar Maze in the Tribal Art Style. Fun and easy to solve!

         The jaguar is the largest native cat of the western hemisphere. It is found throughout Central and South America, though it is most abundant in the rainforests. There may be a few of these big cats in the United States along the Arizona/Mexico border. The jaguar, a carnivore, is an apex predator: other animals within their territory do not prey on adult jaguars.

 

  • The jaguar’s beautiful fur coat of tan, dark-yellow or orange is marked with black spots. Rarely it is a black on black pattern. Either way, the pattern acts as the perfect camouflage. No two jaguar’s coats are the same, so individuals can tell each other apart.

  • Jaguar males are bigger and heavier than the females. Males weigh anywhere from 125 to 350 pounds, and may be up to 6 and a half feet long, with the tail adding another 2 feet or so. They have short legs, and stand about 2 to 2 and a half feet at the shoulder.

  • Females weigh between 80 and 200 pounds, are about 5 and a half feet long, not including the tail. They are only slightly shorter than the males.

  • The jaguar has tremendously powerful jaws, which are more than 3 times as strong as a lion’s. Their bite can deliver 2000 pounds per square inch, and crack a turtle’s shell.

  • The indigenous word for jaguar is “yaguar” which means “he who kills with one leap”.

  • Jaguars are born blind. They can first see at around 2 weeks of age. Jaguars first go hunting with their mother when they are about 6 months old and set up their own territory at about age two.

  • Jaguars use stealth to get close to their prey. They often kill their quarry with one bite.

Having trouble solving the maze?  Here’s the solution!

Download a PDF of the Jaguar maze here!

You can buy the Jaguar maze as a greeting card.  Just click here!

This design also available as a tote bag!

Original artwork by Rob Hughes.  Drawn on 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid free paper with Faber-Castell Indian ink.

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Nov 26 2013

Lion Maze

Lion Maze - not too hard - you can do it!

Lion Maze – not too hard – you can do it!

This maze features lines of various widths and pressure.  I wanted to convey a sense of the lion’s power and majesty in the drawing, and so chose a close up view of his face.  This is fun and not too hard maze to solve.

Original artwork by Rob Hughes.  Drawn on 7″ x 10″ Canson mix media acid free paper with Faber-Castell india ink.  Built to last and made with love in Michigan.

Download a PDF of the Lion maze here!

The solution to the lion maze is here.

The lion maze is available as a tote bag.

Also available as a greeting card!

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Nov 07 2013

Cat Maze

Cat Maze

Cat Maze

Of course “C” is for “Cat”.  So, It was a shoe-in to make this cat maze; fun to draw, and fun for you to solve.

Original artwork by Rob Hughes.  Drawn on 11″ x 14″ acid free dry media Strathmore paper with a mix of archival and non-archival inks.

Download a PDF of the Cat maze here!

You can look at the solution path for the cat maze here.

 

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