ABOUT THE ANIMAL
Tigers are beautiful cats, the largest of the feline family. They fiercely live alone, stalking their prey with such power and agility, camouflaged in the jungle by their stripes, which is as unique as our fingerprints! Even though tigers have been given the reputation of maneaters this isn’t actually true. They tend to avoid humans and in the rare occasions that a tiger does turn to a human diet it is usually because they are sick or their traditional prey has gone.
The Bengal tiger is the most common of the remaining 5 species and lives in India. Luckily for them, they have become an important part of Indian tradition and lore, and this connection has meant they make up around half of all wild tigers. Over the past century, tiger populations have plummeted with 3 species becoming extinct in the 20th century and total numbers dropping from hundreds of thousands to less than 2,500. They are under threat from human-wildlife conflict, trophy hunters, habitat loss, and poachers. Many parts of their bodies are used in traditional Chinese medicines which have been proven to have no benefits.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Gillie and Marc had the privilege of glimpsing Arrowhead during their visit to Ranthambore National Park in January 2018. This three-year-old Bengal tiger is the granddaughter of the famous park tigress Machli, and daughter of Krishna and Star. She was named Arrowhead due to the arrow-like marking on her left cheek.
She currently occupies territory in the area of the National Park known as Zone 3, which was ruled by her mother for years and is the most expansive territory in Ranthambore.
When the artists spotted her in January, the guide suspected she was pregnant and they were hoping she would give birth to a healthy litter of cubs very soon! The guides describe her as charming and calm, and quite the character!
Gillie and Marc are seeking a partner location to host the sculpture. If you are interested please enquire via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW TO HELP
The sculpture will be aligned with the hashtag #LoveTheLast. Visitors will be asked to take a photo with the artwork and share it with the hashtag, jump-starting efforts to spread critical awareness. To help protect the Bengal tiger you can give a donation to any of the many amazing foundations such as the WWF: https://www.worldwildlife.org/