The fifth of the Endangered Species Murals is taking shape in Tucson, on the side of the Solar Culture complex in downtown. The mural is being painted by local artist Kati Astraeir, and, as you can see, is astonishingly beautiful. Jaguars are the largest cats in the Americas, and they’ve been eradicated from their entire North American range, which once stretched as far north as the Grand Canyon and from California to Louisiana. They currently only appear north of the border in occasional migratory moments. Justseeds artist Shaun Slifer made a poignant image about the last jaguar resident in the US which you can check out here. The return of these cats to the wild southwest will be symbolic of many things- the deep history of the continent, the right to migrate, the breadth and depth of indigenous cultures that remain connected to the landscape that the Jaguar represents.
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