Wildlife park tigers caught on canvas
Artist to sell painting in aid of Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
A TRIO of rare Amur tiger cubs posed playfully at the weekend for a fundraising painting which will be sold by a Moray art gallery.
Vladimir, Natalia and Dominika were quietly sketched by Grantown artist Adam Walker-Parker, 24, as they clambered over their unruffled father at Kingussie’s Highland Wildlife Park. The piece will be sold at the artist’s first solo exhibition at The Gallery in the Nicholson Building, at Forres.
Sale proceeds will be donated to the park owners, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
The five-month-old tiger cubs are the offspring of two adults transported from Edinburgh Zoo last year. Yuri and his mate Sasha have already reared six cubs.
Meanwhile keepers at the Highland Wildlife Park are making final arrangements for the arrival this week of the UK’s only polar bear.
Mercedes is coming north to a new home after 25 years at Edinburgh Zoo. She was rescued by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland while under threat of the death penalty in Churchill, Canada, where she had been repeatedly wandering into local communities in search of food. Preparations are being made for her journey inside a crate one day this week.