This collection of papercut art of endangered species is by Patrick Cabral. He is a is a Multi-disciplinary Designer and Type Artist based in Manila, Philippines. This project is in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature and Acts of Kindness. It aims to raise awareness about endangered species and 50% of the sales will go to WWF.
Tiger – After a century of decline, tiger numbers are on the rise. At least 3,890 tigers remain in the wild, but much more work is needed to protect this species that’s still vulnerable to extinction.
Sea Turtle – Human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners. Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites. It alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings.
Pangolin – Also called scaly anteaters because of their preferred diet, pangolins are increasingly victims of illegal wildlife crime—mainly in Asia and in growing amounts in Africa—for their meat and scales.
Eight species of pangolins are found on two continents. They range from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered.
Elephant – Once common throughout Africa and Asia, elephant numbers were severely depleted during the 20th century, largely due to the massive ivory trade. While some populations are now stable and growing, poaching, conflict and habitat destruction continue to threaten the species.
Dhole – The wild dog of Asia was once found throughout much of the continent, but this species is now endangered and has a much-restricted range. The declining population trend is expected to continue, and the range of the Dhole is much fragmented and reduced.
Iberian Lynx – The Iberian lynx is the world’s most endangered feline species. However, conservation measures have seen its population inch above 400.
Gorilla – Female’s become sexually mature around seven or eight years old but don’t begin to breed until a couple of years later. Males mature at an even greater age. Once a female begins to breed, she’ll likely give birth to only one baby every four to six years, and only three or four over her entire lifetime. This low rate of reproduction makes it difficult for gorillas to recover from population declines. Both gorilla species have been decreasing in numbers for decades, and a 2010 United Nations report suggests that they may disappear from large parts of the Congo Basin by the mid-2020s.
Tamaraw – These animals are native to the Mindoro Island. They are found at a level of 2,000 meters above sea level. Tamaraw is critically endangered species as they were subject to extreme hunting, habitat loss, and logging. The population of these species is now limited to few grassy plains.
Rhinoceros – Javan rhinos are the most threatened of the five rhino species, with 60 individuals surviving in Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia. Vietnam’s last Javan rhino was poached in 2010. The Javan rhino is a dusky gray color and has a single horn of up to about 10 inches.
Snow Leopard – For millennia, this magnificent cat was the king of the mountains. The mountains were rich with their prey such as blue sheep, Argali wild sheep, ibex, marmots, pikas, and hares. Snow leopards are found in 12 countries—including China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, and Mongolia—but their population is dropping.
Polar Bear – The total polar bear population is divided into 19 units or subpopulations. Of those, the latest data from the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group show that three subpopulations are in decline and that there is a high estimated risk of future decline due to climate change.
Giant panda – Despite their exalted status and relative lack of natural predators, pandas are still at risk. Severe threats from humans have left just over 1,800 pandas in the wild.
Via: Patrick Cabral