Charcoal. Framed. 1160 x 1660 mm
10% of proceeds from the sale of this work will be donated to the Botsalano Mafikeng Rhino Conservation Park.
No.71 is a male White Rhino, housed in the Botsalano Mafikeng Rhino Conservation Park in South Africa. He is the largest bull on the Park with the biggest horns and is responsible for many offspring. This magnificent art work was created from a photo that was taken of the Rhino just before it's horns had to be removed. They were removed to save the Rhino’s life.
Rhino’s are killed for their horns every day so that they can be sold by poachers on the black market. Conservation Parks like the Botsalano Mafikeng now remove the horns from Rhinos so that poachers have no reason to kill them.
As the name of this beautiful creature reflects, White Rhinos are now limited in numbers. This is a final record of No.71 in all his glory, horns in tact.
The artist has dedicated this stunning work to Viv Thorné from the Conservation Park, who sadly lost her life to cancer just weeks before this art work was completed and who was so closely a part of this art work’s development.