ENDANGERED: Fine Art & Photography Contest 2018 Submission.
Red pandas are a species native to southwestern China and eastern Himalayas. They have been on the endangered animals list since 2008 due to having less than 10,000 mature individuals. The primary causes to its declining population are the loss of habitat, hunting, and poaching. They have a low birth rate and the highest death rate in the world. I learned a lot about red pandas while working on this painting. I first chose to paint the red panda because they seemed cute and playful, but later, I wanted to bring more awareness to them. I feel like they are overshadowed by the Giant pandas and I think many people are not aware of their declining population and endangered status.
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