The Sentinel By Robbie Graham

‘The Sentinel’ (23 x 13) Painted in gouache on board.

In my latest painting, I wanted to depict a male lion keeping a close watch on his territory, as the sun is setting across the plains. Africa’s wild lion population has dropped from 450,000 to as few as 20,000 in the last 50 years, mainly due to habitat destruction, trophy hunting and retaliatory killings. Tourists pay upwards of $22,000 to shoot a male lion and usually select the dominant males. This has a huge impact on other lions, sparking battles for dominance in the pride. The new male in charge will often kill the offspring of his former rival so when juts one male is shot, they are signing a death warrant for 20-30 lions in a pride!

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