In 1983 gallery owners Ronald and Frayda Feldman commissioned Warhol to create a series of prints based on endangered species. This image of a Siberian tiger is one of ten prints in the portfolio. Although all the works are based on other photographers' images, Warhol selected ones which seem to capture an air of sombreness, a poignant suggestion of their probable fate. He has combined a photographic screenprint with a vibrant, printed line-drawing, which transforms these still instantly identifiable animals into more fantastical creations. The prints were displayed in museums and sold at fundraising events to raise awareness of environmental issues.