Ostrich egg with close-up of a male lion

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Egg size: 6” wide x 6” deep x 9” high

We’ve decorated this ostrich egg using a mixed medium. What this means, is that we’ve used two different art forms on the egg. The first is decoupage: the animals are a high-resolution image that is glued onto the egg. The egg is then coated with several layers of epoxy. Once it is dry, the egg is sanded to a smooth finish. The rest of the egg is hand-painted to make a completely unique one-of-a-kind piece of art. The egg is finished with several more layers of epoxy, sanding in between each layer. This is what gives the finished product the high gloss, glass-like finish. The eggs we use are non-fertile eggs that would normally be discarded. The egg is emptied and then sterilized, so that there is no animal matter remaining in the shell.

This egg is decorated with a close-up of a male lion. His beautiful face proudly displays his multi-hued mane. The background colors are a vibrant blend of blues, yellows, and earth tones.

This egg comes boxed with a standard wooden ring stand, as seen illustrated above. The stands in the other pictures are not included in the purchase price and are available for purchase on our website.

Our eggs and stands are also sold at Disney Animal Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge.

About the Lion.

The Lion (Panthera Leo) is one of four big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia, with a critically endangered remnant population in northwest India. They have disappeared from North Africa, the Middle East, and Western Asia. Until the late Pleistocene Era, which was about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India, and in the Americas from the Yukon to Peru.

Lions live for around 10–14 years in the wild, while in captivity they can live over 20 years. In the wild, males seldom live longer than ten years, as injuries sustained from continuous fighting with rival males greatly reduces their longevity. They typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. A pride of lions consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large ungulates. The lion is an apex and keystone predator, although they will scavenge if the opportunity arises. While lions do not typically hunt humans selectively, some have been known to become man-eaters and seek human prey.

The Lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of 30 to 50 percent over the past two decades in Africa. Lion populations are untenable outside of designated reserves and national parks. Although the cause of the decline is not fully understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern.

The epoxy used is U.V. resistant, the image will not fade or discolor from the sun