To me, Nature is God. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Game, secondhand sources such as fellow artists and estate sales, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

Other interests include: Wilderness survival, primitive skills, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, boffing, airsoft, snowboarding, meandering around town, and caving.

 

This supposed “melanistic lion” is not real. In fact, it’s very poorly Photoshopped. Knowing that so many people believe that it’s actually a black lion is, simply put, mind-boggling.
Melanism does indeed exist among big cats, but lions have not been known to show this genetic trait.
Leopards, jaguars, and tigers, however, do.
But the aforementioned felines also live in environments where dark pigmentation can actually be beneficial, whereas lions on the open plains of Africa would not only stand out like a sore thumb to prey - they’d overheat very easily. 
Natural selection has ensured that modern lions lack this unique overabundance of pigment, and will likely never show it. 

This supposed “melanistic lion” is not real. In fact, it’s very poorly Photoshopped. Knowing that so many people believe that it’s actually a black lion is, simply put, mind-boggling.

Melanism does indeed exist among big cats, but lions have not been known to show this genetic trait.

Leopards, jaguars, and tigers, however, do.

But the aforementioned felines also live in environments where dark pigmentation can actually be beneficial, whereas lions on the open plains of Africa would not only stand out like a sore thumb to prey - they’d overheat very easily. 

Natural selection has ensured that modern lions lack this unique overabundance of pigment, and will likely never show it. 

(Source: paulie-svk.deviantart.com)

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