Carel Brest van Kempen
Great Flying Lizard & Tapanuli Orangutan
Acrylic on Illustration Board
24 x 18 inches
Of the 50-odd species of flying lizards distributed across South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines, the Great Flying Lizard is the largest, capable of reaching a total length of 16 inches. It is found in Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula. Like other members of its genus, it can spread its elongated ribs to form a pair of wing-like appendages. It can glide with astonishing grace and agility from one tree to another.
The total number of Tapanuli Orangutans is estimated at fewer than 800, making it the least numerous great ape species.