Description The Niger Giraffe, which ranges only in isolated pockets of West Africa, is the most endangered of the eight subspecies of giraffe and is distinguishable by its light-colored body spots, fading into pale legs. The last wild population had recently declined to only several dozen individuals, but is slowly increasing due to intense conservation efforts and collaboration with the native people of Niger who, though they value the survival of the Giraffe, also rely upon the same woody resources. A Niger Giraffe can ingest up to 165 pounds of leaves per day. Habitat loss from agricultural expansion also greatly affects this unique species, as it does so many others. Giraffes are one of only two species that still exist in the biological family Giraffidae, along with the unusual Okapi which inhabits the dense rainforests of the Congo.
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. As an illustrator she has worked with a range of groups and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. Tamara has a BS and MS in Biology/Ecology and 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 a recent President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries and enjoys being involved in local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats as much as the creatures she illustrates inspire her.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their young daughter. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com