Wyatt was five years old when I met him at the Santa Barbara Zoo. I especially loved how long his whiskers are in this image.
Amur leopards are brown to golden in color with hair that is an inch long in the summer and nearly three inches long in the winter. It has widely spaced rosettes (hollow spots) and longer legs than most leopards. Spots get smaller and darker as they go down the leg and are eventually all black. The Amur leopard is also known for its long bushy tail.
With fewer than 50 left in the wild, the Amur Leopard is the most endangered of the big cats. Leopards are considered big cats because they can roar, even though the Amur leopard is petite compared to the others.
Wyatt is now happily paired with a mate named Ajax. The long term plan and hope is for their offspring to help repopulate a reserve in their native Siberia.
These portraits are 11×14, oil on canvas board. I painted most of them in the winter and spring of 2018/19 because I needed to sit to work. A slow-healing foot injury had me off my feet.
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