Monday, May 14, 2012

Wild at Heart: The Rhinoceros

Over the next two weeks, I will be bringing you previews of the work that will be exhibited at May 26th's "Wild at Heart: Keep Wildlife in the Wild," the endangered species benefit that Andrew Hosner and I are co-curating at Thinkspace. 20% of the proceeds of the show will go to Born Free USA to help threatened wildlife. Hope to see you there!

Aaron Horkey "Only Death Is Real"

Rhinos once roamed throughout Eurasia and Africa. Today, very few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves. There are five species of rhinos on earth today, the Indian, Javan, Sumatran, Black and White Rhinoceros, all of them endangered. Both the Javan and Sumatran rhinos are on the brink of extinction.

In the wild, rhinos have few predators other than humans. All of the rhinoceros species have had their numbers greatly reduced by mankind, mostly because their horns — made of the same structural protein found in our hair and nails — are valued as a fever reducer in traditional Chinese medicine. To deter poachers, many preserves have taken the drastic step of tranquilizing their rhinos and removing their horns with chainsaws.

Tessar Lo "Forty Mori"

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