Keep Me Wild by Maba
The Bornean Clouded Leopard (Neofelis diardi),
or known as Harimau Dahan in Malay, has a stocky build, weighing about
25 kg (55 pounds), is the largest predator in Borneo. The majority of
its prey lives in trees, necessitating its excellent climbing skills.
With short, flexible legs, large paws, and keen claws, this big cat is
very sure-footed. It is also found on Sumatra and the Batu Islands in
the Malay Archipelago.
Because the Bornean Clouded
Leopard's habits make it difficult to study, exact figures of its
population do not exist. However, recent studies estimate the population
to be between 5,000 and 11,000 great cats left on Borneo, and 3,000 to
7,000 on Sumatra. In Malaysia, hunting of the Clouded Leopard is
However, encroachment upon and complete
destruction of the Bornean Clouded Leopards' natural habitat, primarily
by logging and the creation of rubber and palm oil plantations,
continues to threaten the whole fauna of Borneo.
Me Wild” is a symbolic representation of the artist’s emotional state.
Just like the Clouded Leopard, it simply wants to be wild and free. This
is also an appeal to all of us, to be aware and sensitive of our
precious heritage, the rainforests and their inhabitants, and to help to
Keep Me Wild 2 by Maba
Malayan Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus)
smallest among the bear family, the Malayan Sun Bears measure from 100
to 150 centimetres and weigh between 27 and 65 kilograms with the males
being slightly larger. Sun bears have short, sleek black fur with a
golden or white coloured crescent shape on their chests and the same
lighter colour around their muzzles and eyes.
creatures prefer lowland tropical rain forests and are quite arboreal
and are believed to sleep in trees. They are found in south-east Asia,
Bangladesh, India, and southern China.
Habitat loss in
the bear's range is of major concern. As the tropical rainforest homes
are being destroyed at an alarming rate the sun bears may be declining
faster than any other bears and will probably disappear from some areas.
Other concerns include the pet trade, poaching for food and fur, and
the Asian medicinal trade.
Me Wild 2” This is the second artwork in the “Keep Me Wild” series by
Maba. As the name implies, the painter is also referring the theme to
her inner self. Wild, as in free to roam the planet!