The mighty Bengal tiger is a true force of nature. This fabulous animal, one of the largest of the big cats faces increasing pressure to survive as all tigers do. Poached for body parts and chinese medicine this magnificent cat is protected in several large reserves in it's natural habitat in India. Ranthambhore National Park attracts thousands of tourists, tiger lovers and photographers from all over the world every year. The place inspired me to paint this image of a male and female who only come together to mate. The female has sole responsibility for raising her cubs. Spotted deer depicted in the painting form a large part of the Bengal tigers diet. Highly territorial and formidable hunters, the males can be 1.5 to 1.8m from head to tail tip and weigh in at around 300kgs sometimes more. Females are significantly smaller at around 200kgs.