Amali Sketch Picture

This is what was meant to be my entry for *Heru-Set-Sebek's animal contest, but I missed the deadline and couldn't colour it in time. But since I spent some time with the creation of this, I still want to upload it.
The animals used are: (Siamese) cat, Thompson gazelle, Fennec fox, King cheetah and ring-tailed lemur

The Amali is a feline creature living naturally in small rainforest areas in the foreign country Mabysan. They’re a highly endangered species, and are kept as exotic pets for the royalties and nobility in the country of Mesine. They usually lives for about 17-20 years in captivity and 8-12 years in wilderness. The Amali give birth to between one and two cubs in the early spring and the cubs stays with their mother for about a year before they’re chased away by their mother. Cubs are born without horns and doesn’t have the distinguish fur pattern on their backs, which will appear when they’re about 8 months old. Amalis are solitary animals, only meeting other Amalis when mating, which they do with the same partner all of their lives.
Amalis all have a white or light beige base colour with darker patterns in different shades, from chestnut, red, and blue-grey to raven black and in some cases even speckled colours. Their eyes usually have intensive blue or green eyes, but can in some unusual cases have golden or amber eyes.
Amalis are easy to recognize from their distinguish fur pattern. Muzzle, ears, and legs are darker, and they have very distinct rings around their very long tales. The fur in their necks is longer and in a dark shade that extends into three stripes that goes down their spines. They also have spots on their sides and the upper part of their legs. Amalis have long horns growing from their foreheads, often in different shades of brown or dark grays.
There are some big differences between male and female Amalis. Males are quite a bit bigger and their horns are longer, and usually in a darker shade than the female’s. The males also have bigger ears, and their spots are bigger and darker, compared to the more discrete spots on the females.
Amalis has a very playful nature and are skilled hunters, but they are not carnivores, but omnivores. They are good climbers and feed on rodents, birds, eggs and tropical fruits and berries.
In Mabysan, Amalis are seen as messengers from the forest-gods, and they’re very honoured, almost worshipped. They’re believed to be able to see ghosts and are said to be able to see straight through a human. They also have a big role in the Mabysian mythology, where a completely white Amali called Sami is said to be the spirits guide to the otherworld.
Illegal hunting and the felling of the forests where they live has made the Amalis endangered in big areas of Mabysan.
In Mesine, the specie is threatened mainly by inbreeding, often leading to albinos and blind or deaf Amalis. They’re also threatened by illegal hunting, since their furs are worth a lot in Mesine, and they’re horns, fangs and bones are used in jewellery and in traditional medicines.
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