A very nice piece Terry, and what a sad story concerning what is happening to the African lions. I really appreciate your bringing this to the attention of others: I have just recently begun to research a similar outcome (dwindling numbers due to humans)regarding the wild horses in the western U.S., and I have much more to learn about it. As a reader indicated, sadly, when humans and animals collide the animal often loses. But we can do what we can -- to bring awareness and exercise change.Just got a copy of "Strokes of Genius 2": congratulations on your work there.
Terry, I love your work and follow your blog but have never commented before now. The expression on the Lions face says it better than words. It is sad to say the least. One would hope that we as wildlife lovers as well as artists could somehow make a difference in the lives of these magnificent creatures.
Hey, thanks one and all for the positive responses to this piece. If others can respond in the same way, maybe those that do will find a way to involve themselves in this situation with the lion population and make a difference in the end. As an artist, making the effort sometimes to get others to respond in a particular way to a certain work makes the effort even more rewarding.
Not surprisingly, it seems to be the aim of many wildlife artists to raise awareness of issues such as the one you've highlighted with this work. While I applaud your efforts, the unfortunate truth is that for the most part you're preaching to the converted.I can't help but feel that unbridled population growth is the root cause of many of the world's problems. Faced with a recent report projecting that Australia's population will explode over the next couple of decades, my own Prime Minister's disturbing comment was, "bring it on". There's little wonder I have trouble remaining an optimist.
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