Accurate drawings of various species of mammals that live on the continent of Africa and the island of Madagascar; in the gallery are rhinos, lion, lemur, wolf, gorilla, leopard, okapi, hyena, zebra, warthog and many other species endemic to Africa. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. Most illustrations are available in both line art and full color. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the African animal you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific animals can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist.
The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
I believe the first large land mammal, probably the very first mammal I drew, was an African Elephant. Since then I've added few dozen more, and shy of my own continent of North America, I've drawn more mammals from Africa than any other. Likely due to the fact that unlike the rest of the world Africa somehow maintained it's population of massive animals, such as the rhino and the giraffe. It also has some of the most beautiful big cats like the leopard, lion and cheetah. At this time I've no plans to add many more animals to this gallery, but that can change as I might start adding the rare sub-species of these animals, like the Eastern Black Rhinoceros, which is almost extinct in the wild. If you have a suggestion, please send me an email letting me know which African animal you'd like to see added to this gallery.
There are about 1,100 mammal species on the continent of Africa. In the East-African plains, there is an especially large diversity of species. There are more ungulates - or hoofed mammals like the antelope, zebras, wildebeest and gemsbok - in Africa than other continent. There are 64 identified species of primates, including four species of great apes. Of all the continents, Africa was the only one to keep it's large land mammals. Whereas others, like North America, all large mammals died out thousands of years ago. There are many theories on this, usually involving climate change, meteor strikes, predation by humans or a combination of all three. Regardless of the reason, African was able to support the largest land animals on the planet alive today. The tallest land mammal is the giraffe and the largest is the African Elephant. African is also home to the fastest land animal - the cheetah. Many of the mammals in Africa face an uncertain future, due to poaching, habitat loss, climate change and a lack of genetic diversity (which could result in devastating loss of life should a disease be introduced.)