Bat On A Bow Bat On A Bow
20" x 16"
Item # 203

This is the Mexican Free Tailed Bat. They migrate in the winter to Austin, Texas. A huge colony lives under the main bridge over the Colorado River. It has become a tourist attraction during the months when the bats are there with their young. People gather at twilight to watch them take off. Bats are good for the environment since they eat so many bugs. Austin is a musical town and if they counld hang from a fiddle they would. It seems fitting since they have such a high pitched screech.
Dolphins

Sea Otter
14" x 11"
Item # 212

The Sea Otter was hunted to near extinction for its thick fur. Since 1977, they have been on the endangered species list and have made a comeback on the California Coast in the extensive kelp beds. They find shellfish on the sea floor and eat it at the surface. The animal floats on its back, using its chest as a dining table.

Dolphins

Dolphin Trio
16" x 20"
Item # 205 L

These Spotted Dolphins are endangered because of gill net fishing and coastal chemical pollution. A million or more dolphins and porpoises of many species die each year in nets. Most are "bycatch" of fishermen seeking other prey. These mammals are amoung the most intelligent animals on earth. They have developed a superior sensory system and their memory capacity surpasses our own. Playful and affectionate creatures, they spend a lot of time communicating.

Dolphins 11" x 14"
Item # 205
Seahorse Couple

11" x 14"
Item # 211

Seahorse, genus Hippocampus, is the only fish with a prehensile tail. With it, they hold onto seagrasses. The female lays her eggs into a pouch on the belly of the male. They stay monogamous, she visits him every morning for 21 days, and then he gives birth. They can change color and have acute vision with independent eye movement like a chameleon. Found all over the world in at least 35 species, they are endangered from being processed for medicines, food, aphrodisiacs and aquarium exhibits. Dredging and pollution of coastal waters damage their natural habitats.

Octopus


11" x 14"
Item # 210

Octopus Vulgaris, the Common Octopus, is the most highly evolved mollusc, Class Cephalopoda. It has eight tentacles armed with a double row of suckers and a bag-like body with the opening on the underside. The mantle cavity contains the gills. This mantle also works as an organ of jet propulsion with the foot converted into a funnel directing its movement. Highly intelligent, it has the ability to change color and can hide almost anywhere.

African Elephant African Elephant
20" x 16"
Item # 201

The African Elephant is losing more of its natural habitat every year. Ellen Cline has captured its sadness in a cast paper sculpture.
3% of the profit from its sale will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
Black Rhino

Black Rhino
20" x 16"
Item # 202

This extremely realistic Black Rhino with the characteristic prehensile lip is in grave danger of extinction because of the alleged aphrodesiac quality of its horn. 3% of the profit from the sale of this sculpture will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.