Painting by Rays

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary
Animal Type
Big Cat
South Africa
Paint on canvas board
Artwork Dimensions
24 x 18
Framed Dimensions
25 x 19


Tigers, South Africa

This beautiful tiger was living with Bella, her brother Aries, and eight other tigers when Aries was mistaken for another tiger and killed for the tiger bone trade. Despite this trauma, he stepped up and became a brother and friend to Bella. For this reason, his caretakers decided to keep him and call him Rays—to raise awareness for the tiger bone trade and honor him for the rays of light he shines in this world!

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary

South Africa

Panthera Africa is a non-profit organization founded by Lizaene Cornwall and Cathrine S. Nyquist. The name Panthera Africa is inspired by the passion Lizaene and Cathrine have for the four pantheras: panthera leo, the lion; panthera pardus, the leopard; panthera onca, the jaguar; and panthera tigris, the tiger.

Panthera Africa is an environmentally-friendly sanctuary for any captive-bred rescued big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives.

One of Panthera Africa’s main purposes is to be an educational platform to create awareness about the conditions big cats face in captivity, how together we can end this exploitative industry, and how holistic animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. They are a true sanctuary where no hands-on interaction, breeding or trading takes place. They are a blueprint of how a non-profit sanctuary focusing on animal welfare can become self-sufficient, and aim to assist in changing breeding facilities into sustainable, ethical projects where possible. Panthera Africa believes in the connection between both environmental and wildlife conservation, and aim to become the first green big cat sanctuary in South Africa that runs solely on solar energy.

Panthera Africa has found its 110-hectare paradise with a beautiful home for their animals, staff, founders, and the many volunteers who visit. The land is filled with lots of large trees, a natural spring and an amazing 180-degree mountain view. Panthera Africa strongly believe in the saying “In unity there is strength” and by standing together—human and animal—they believe in the possibility of a prosperous future for big cats.

Artwork Proceeds

Proceeds from the sale of artworks made by the featured endangered animals will go towards supporting their respective partner sanctuary and the important conservation work they do. Proceeds from the sale of Andreas Deja’s wildlife-inspired artwork will benefit The Walt Disney Family Museum’s educational initiatives, including the At-Promise Youth Animation Academy.

Costs related to framing, production, and packing materials are included in the retail price of the artwork. Shipping costs and sales tax are added on during the checkout process.

Shipping and Pickup

When purchasing an artwork, please select either pickup or delivery. Artworks designated for shipment will be shipped to the recipient after the exhibition closing (currently scheduled for October 16, 2022), no later than December 1, 2022 via FedEx insured, signature required. Shipping is available only to locations within the U.S.

Artworks designated for pickup at the museum will be available after the exhibition closes, tentatively scheduled for October 16, 2022 (subject to change, customers will be notified of changes). Directions and procedure regarding pickup will be provided before the exhibition closes.

Framed Artworks and Prints

All original artworks are sold as-is and are shipped in the frame fabricated or sourced for the exhibition—no exceptions. Prints are sold unframed.

Artwork Purchase Excluded from Discounts

Since the sale of these artworks is intended for fundraising purposes, the purchase of these artworks are excluded from any discount and coupons, including the member store discount.

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