Featured Creature: Western Tarsier

When I visit Borneo, every chance I get, I go on night walks and night safaris in hopes to see one of these amazing creatures. On our last trip to Borneo, one of our favorite rangers - Gabili, took us on a 2.5 hour night walk. Right as we were coming to the end of our trek we found this little guy. It was even more amazing to see one in real life than I could have imagined. He just sort of sat their and let us snap a few shots. Once he decided we had enough he just hopped off from one tree trunk to the next and was gone in an instant.

My sister took the amazing photo above, which will be available in our store in a few days.

Classification: Tarsius bancanus (scientific name) is a species of prosimian, a primate that is not a monkey or ape. Also known as Horsfield's Tarsier.

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Range: Southern Sumatra, Borneo and surrounding islands.

Habitat: Primarily found in secondary forest in dense ground vegetation and small trees. Can also be found in primary forest and plantations.

Behavior: nocturnal, arboreal, carnivorous - insectivorous, monogamous

Threats: The tarsiers' main threat is habitat loss due to converting forest to palm oil plantations, fires and logging. It is also a victim of illegal pet trade and suffers contamination from pesticides.

Interesting Fact(s):
-The Tarsier can almost always be found between 3.5 - 6 m above the forest floor.
-Their eyes are extremely large in proportion to their body size. Each eyeball is as large as their entire brain.
-Unlike most nocturnal animals, Tarsiers lack the light reflecting part of the eye - making them very difficult to find.
-Tarsiers are the only entirely carnivorous species of primate
-Fossels of Tarsiers have been found in Europe, Asia and North America.

Wester Tarsier Original Sketch available on Etsy

Colored Pencils

I decided to treat my self to a box of prismacolors the other day. I only got a box of 48 but still pretty exciting. I haven't used colored pencils in like 10 years. I missed them!

I drew this Slow Loris** with them. Available in our Etsy Shop.

I also treated my self to this prismacolor pencil sharpner figuring it'd work great with my prismacolor pencils. Well it's the WORST pencil sharpener I have ever used. DO NOT BUY IT. It is designed to jam up and break all your pencil points. Piece of crap! The one that came with it is way better. Seriously the worst design ever!

**The slow loris is an adorable nocturnal primate that lives in South East Asia. Unfortuntely they suffer from being so cute - they are in high demand on the illegal pet trade market. For more information on the suffering Loris's face when they are made a part of the pet trade and how you can help them visit ProFauna Indonesia.

Asian Forest

Here is a print I made with hand stitched background leaves. I'll put it for sale on our site shortly. And hopefully take some better pictures. This scan didn't come out great.

They don't all actually live together in one forest but they are all the animals are from Southern Asia and are suffering habitat loss. The animals are red panda, orangutan, slow loris, sika deer, bornean clouded leopard, sumatran rabit, panda.

Person of the Forest by Alina Bachmann

We know by now the basic requirements for what I consider to be fabulous artwork:
1) It is beautiful.
2) It has some sort of message about the relationship between humans and nature.

Alina Bachmann
has taken that one step further and added into the mix my most favorite blog topic: the evils of Palm Oil.

Person of the Forest
is a brilliant installation about the conflicts between orangutans and the palm oil industry. Alina had all her friends, family and fellow college students collect all their wrappers from food containing palm oil. She then used these wrappers to create a strikingly beautiful, yet deadly 'forest' for the orangutans. This new forest is where orangutans will be forced to live as they continue to lose more and more of their habitat to the palm oil industry.

What a brilliant exhibit - my only problem with the whole thing is that I didn't think of it myself! :)

Exhibition Information:

Saturday, February 28 - Monday, March 23, 2009

Opening Reception
Sunday, March 1, 2009 2-4pm
Mooney Center Lounge

Gallery Info
Mooney Center Gallery
Helen & Peter Mooney Art & Educational Technology Center
The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place
New Rochelle, NY 10805
(914) 654 - 5423

Mon-Thurs 9:30am-9pm Fri-Sun 9:30am-5pm