Rhino - Black
16 x 20 Inch (30 x 40 CM) 2021
Acrylic on stretched canvas presented in a bespoke natural wood tray frame.
Habitat: East Africa
Poaching and black-market trafficking of rhino horn
Black rhinos are the smaller of the two African rhino species. They have two horns, and occasionally a third, small posterior horn. Populations of black rhino declined dramatically in the 20th century at the hands of European hunters and settlers. The species has made a tremendous comeback from the brink of extinction. Thanks to persistent conservation efforts across Africa, and a lot of work remains to bring the numbers up to even a fraction of what it once was
Classified as Critically Endangered under the IUCN Red list for Threatened species.
5500 (in the wild WWF 2021)
Data from WWF website 2021
*approximate count know at the time of writing.
Exhibited January-February 2022 at The Gallery Gate Doncaster in my “Jeopardised” solo show