Description Asian Elephants are one of the largest mammals in the world, requiring vast amounts of land to survive in their natural habitat. They reside primarily in shady forests where they feed on grasses, tree bark, roots and fruits. Elephants travel in large groups and migrate over great distances. These migratory routes are being increasingly blocked by human civilizations, which has the effect of isolating groups of elephants from each other and decreasing their opportunities to breed with other populations. Habitat loss from dense and expanding human populations is an extreme threat, as is poaching for ivory, meat and hide. There are more and more clashes between elephants and people in Asia, with fatalities on both sides. This is a sad development of a relationship that was once honored. Elephants carry a mythological and spiritual importance as can be seen by their presence as a sacred symbol throughout the ages. Though there are still domesticated elephants in Southeast Asia, this species is endangered and is precariously close to extinction in the wild.
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