I absolutely love lemurs, because they look so much like monkeys as well as dogs. They jump, climb and look at you with their enormous big round eyes. This lovely lemur painting was based on a photo we took from Wildwood Trust, which is a conservation centre for British wildlife. 

Lemur by david
Photo by David Z

Type: Acrylic painting on paper with frame

Size: 35cm (W) * 27cm (H)

Here, clearly, lemur comes beyond the British soil. Lemurs are prosimians, a type of primate. Other primates include monkeys, apes and humans. Lemurs are endemic to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation.

Here are some facts about Lemur:

  1. This lemur’s name is Black and white ruffed lemur(Varecia variegata). They are endemic to the island of Madagascar, like all lemures species, they can only be found there.
  2. They make nests for their young, like birds. Female lemurs often give birth to twins or triplets after a 90-120 gestation period, then the newborn will be placed in the nest on the tree 10 to 20 metres above the ground. The young stay in the nest while the female forages. When a female needs to travel with her young, she carries the in her mouth, like dogs, rather than her belly.
  3. The B&W lemurs are known as the world’s largest pollinators, due to their mutualistic relationship with the traveller’s tree. As they are primarily frugivorous, the tree benefits from the pollination that occurs when the pollen sticks to the lemurs’ faces and gets transported to the next tree.
  4. Lemurs are among the most threatened groups of mammals. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates that over 95% of lemurs face extinction in the next 20 years. The primary threats facing black-and-white ruffed lemurs include logging, slash-and-burn agriculture, mining, development, and hunting. Their large size and diurnal activities make them easier targets for hunters and this has put great pressure on their population. Protecting and preserving lemur habitats in Madagascar is essential to their survival.





Jellyfishes are like fly agarics (red mushroom), bright, tempting yet quite dangerous. Here let’s just focus on their free-swimming, elegant deep-water dancing for a moment. Painting the nettle jellyfish was completely out of plan, as I had been concentrated on the terrestrial animals, until one day I came across a stunning image of these nettle jellies online.

The pacific sea nettles, also known as west coast sea nettles, are commonly found in coastal waters of California and Oregon.

These jellies are carnivores, feeding on other jellies and a variety of zooplankton (including larval fishes and eggs). They catch their prey by means of nematocyst -laden tentacles that hang down in the water. The toxins in their nematocysts are effective against both their prey and humans, though it is typically nonlethal to the latter. Despite having a potent sting, nettle jellies are preyed on by sea turtles, to ocean sunfish, and the seabird Northern Fulmar.

Many scientists believe that urban runoff and global climate change is changing the nutrient composition and temperature of coastal waters, causing an increase in swarms of sea jellies. As more jellies consume more larval fishes, fewer fish survive to become adults.

Type: Acrylic painting on canvas

Size: 50cm (W) * 60cm (H)