Tag Archive: Endangered Species

Feb 19 2014

Pangolin Maze

Pangolin Maze

Pangolin Maze

The pangolin is a very unusual mammal.  Covered with scales, it burrows through the earth looking for ants and termites.  Can you solve the pangolin maze?

A pangolin’s scales are made of keratin, the same protein that makes up hair and fingernails in people.  A pangolin may have as many as 1000 scales all over its body, except on parts of its face, and its belly.  Their are 8 species of pangolin; they are all considered endangered by the Zoological Society of London.  The largest of these species is the Giant Pangolin.  It can grow about as big as a medium sized dog, and weigh up to 75 pounds.

Pangolins are tropical and sub-tropical animals that live in Africa and Asia.  They are hunted for their scales, which may have some medicinal effect; and for food.  Human farming and other activity is also driving their numbers down as their habitat is destroyed.  Once a year, on the third Sunday in February, it is World Pangolin Day.

This original artwork is copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on 9″ x 12″ Bristol white vellum surface paper.  Built to last, and made in Michigan.

Download a PDF of the Pangolin Maze here!

You can purchase a greeting card with the Pangolin Maze here.

Here is the solution to the Pangolin Maze.

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Feb 12 2014

Coho Salmon Maze

Coho Salmon Maze

Coho Salmon Maze

The Coho Salmon is plentiful in some areas, and threatened or endangered in others.  This is represented in the overall population decline of the species over the last 10 years.  There are several reasons for their decrease, among them fishing (which is still allowed) and damns along the rivers they return to in the late fall and early winter to spawn.

The Coho starts its life in a freshwater stream or river and (except for transplants to The Great Lakes) spends much of its adult life in salt water – The Pacific Ocean.  They range all the way from Central California up to Alaska along the Bering Strait and on to Russia and Japan.  They form the central staple of many traditional diets along their territory.

Take a look at the Coho Salmon Maze and see if you can run your way through it.

Original artwork composed on Bristol 9″ x 12″ acid free vellum surface paper with India Ink.  Copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.

Download a PDF of the Coho Salmon Maze here!

You can see the solution to the Coho Salmon Maze here.

You can purchase this design on a greeting card.

 

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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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