Description The name Orang-utan literally means 'forest person'. These endangered primates, the largest of the tree-dwelling mammals, are extremely intelligent and also in dire need of protection, as more and more of their habitat is being lost to human development. They are found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in the islands of Indonesia, though it is thought that they once ranged throughout much of Southeast Asia. Because the Orang-utan lives primarily in forest ecosystems, the type of agriculture which involves clearing large tracts of land, and has been commonly practiced in recent decades, is detrimental.Orang-utans spend most of their time in the trees, whether nesting, feeding on a diet of fruits, plants and insects, or socializing. When a female gives birth, it will be to a single young which it will spend the next 3 to 4 years raising before it can be weaned. Orang-utans move through the trees by walking or swinging with their long notable arms, which can reach down to their feet when standing. They are quite solitary by nature and tend to travel alone or in small groups.
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. She works with clients from around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries, is involved in curating art exhibits and volunteers for local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats.
Tamara received a B.A. in Biology from Goucher College and an M.S. in Forest Ecology from the University of Maine. She was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is the the outgoing President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their small menagerie of animals. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com