The 10 meat-eating mammals featured in Carnivora represent just a small sampling of the hundreds of species found worldwide. These are either highly threatened or endangered, or they are animals that I have directly interacted with over the past few years. With the staggering number of extinctions predicted within the next century, I feel that it is increasingly important to focus my work on highlighting these threatened species. These images allow audiences who may never encounter these animals to engage with a creature and, ideally, become inspired to take action and help their cause.
Brendan Wenzel is a New York-based illustrator with a great interest in all things furred, feathered and scaled. He is an ardent conservationist and a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia. His work has been shown internationally and regularly appears in McSweeney's weekly section "The Goods." Brendan is a graduate of Pratt Institute and is the son of illustrator David T. Wenzel. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Magdalena.