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Adoption Day!

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The Northern White Rhino painting was purchased last month and we were able to donate 10% of the proceeds to the International Rhino Foundation.

 

Through the donation, we were able to adopt two Sumatran Rhinos; Rosa and Harapan!

Rosa's Story

Beginning in late 2003, Rhino Protection Units working in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park began receiving reports from local villagers that a young Sumatran rhino, Rosa, had been observed walking along roads and browsing for vegetation. Most Sumatran rhinos are very shy and solitary, but this unique rhinoceros was comfortable living and feeding in close proximity to people. A special protection unit was permanently assigned to observe and protect this unusual animal who they named "Rosa", as there were serious concerns that Rosa’s habituation to humans could put her at risk. Eventually, Rosa was transferred to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park where she could be better protected and may one day reproduce.

Rosa

Rosa

Rosa had adapted well to her life at the sanctuary and still exhibits all of the behaviors that make her so unique. Because she is habituated to humans, Rosa regularly takes long walks in the forest with sanctuary staff. She is a particularly loud rhino, and often vocalizes, especially when people are close by, or when her regular feeding time is approaching. Rosa also likes to “sing” when she is happily wallowing in the mud.

Harapan's Story

Harapan, a young male Sumatran rhino, was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2007 to mother Emi and father Ipuh. Harapan spent time in three U.S. zoos over his first 8 years of life:  the Cincinnati Zoo, White Oak Conservation Center in Florida, and the Los Angeles Zoo.  ‘Harry,’ as he’s known to his friends, was moved to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) on 1 November 2015. Harapan will be gradually introduced to life in the rainforest.  Like the other rhinos at the SRS, Harapan will eventually have access to a 20-acre open forest area where he can experience a semi-natural habitat while remaining safe from humans.  For now, Harapan will be confined to a smaller area where he can become familiar with his new surroundings and keepers.  After a bit of time, SRS staff will begin introducing Harapan to the resident females.  Hopefully, Harapan will soon be an active participant in the Sumatran rhino breeding program.  We can’t wait to meet Andatu’s future cousins!

Harapan

Harapan

Harpan is particularly special to me because I had the chance to meet the guy before he flew to the Island of Sumatra. I also had the opportunity to paint his portrait and donate it to the Cincinnati Zoo to help raise money for their conservation efforts. 

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To find out more about how you can help visit www.rhinos.org

 

 

Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis)

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36x48. Gallery wrapped acrylic painting of the critically endangered Black Rhino. 

10% of Proceeds from this painting will go to the International Rhino Foundation and their fight for saving Rhinos across the world.

The Black Rhino

Conservation status: Critically endangered

Location: Southern and eastern Africa, including: Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Population: 5,000 – 5,400

Major threats: Illegal poaching - (The illegal wildlife trade of horns, tusks and body parts is 20 billion dollar industry. The rhino horn is often used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is ground to a powder and ingested as a treatment for everything from cancer to sea snake bites and hangovers. ) 

Between 1970 and 1992, the population of this species decreased by 96%. Since then Intensive Anti-poaching efforts have been made. We've seen great results since 1996. The population is now between 5,042 – 5,455 in the wild.

How are we helping? 

10% of the sale will go to the International Rhino Foundation and their program for black rhinos. The Zimbabwe Lowveld Rhino Program is protecting and growing Zimbabwe’s largest population of black rhinos through monitoring and anti-poaching efforts, combined with treating, rehabilitating and translocating rhinos as needed.

Fun Facts :

How can you tell the difference between the black and white rhino? Their mouth.  Black rhinos have a pointed lip. This helps them pick fruit from branches and select leaves from twigs. White rhinos graze on grasses so they have a flat, wide lip.

 

CITES: Appendix I

https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/species_of_rhino/black_rhinos/black_rhino_factfile

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/b/black-rhinoceros/

http://rhinos.org/species/black-rhino/

 

 

 

Snow Leopards (Panthera Uncia)

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48x48 gallery wrapped acrylic painting of endangered snow leopards. Reference photo taken by my husband.

%10 of proceeds from this painting will go to the Snow Leopard Trust. "Our community-based conservation programs aim to break this cycle of poverty and create incentives for herders to protect local wildlife and ecosystems"" 

Every day at least one snow leopard is killed. These beautiful cats live in the high mountains of central Asia. They live in twelve countries including, Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Conservation Status: Endangered

Estimated population: 4,080-6,590. 

Major threats: Competition with humans over natural food sources, hunting, habitat loss and illegal trade. 

Snow leopards are perfectly designed to live in the frigid, high-altitude climate of the Himalayas. They have huge furry paws that act as natural snowshoes, a long furry tail that helps them balance (and double as a scarf), and an enlarged nasal cavity to breathe the thin air and thick fur for insulation. 

To find out more about these cats visit:

https://www.snowleopard.org/snow-leopard-facts/

http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/snow-leopard

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/s/snow-leopard/

 

 

 

Northern White Rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni)

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 48x48. Gallery wrapped acrylic painting of the critically endangered northern white rhino. 

10% of Proceeds from this painting will go to the International Rhino Foundation and their fight for saving Rhinos across the world.

******Update******

Sold!  Check out the new blog post on what we were able to do with our 10% donation !!

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There are only three Northern White Rhinos left on this Earth! They are all at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Armed guards are watching over them 24/7 in response to intense poaching pressure. There are two females and one male. They are considered too old to reproduce naturally. However, scientists have harvested sex cells from the rhinos and are planning IVF in a related southern white rhino surrogate. This is a great effort to help save this subspecies!

Northern white rhinos and southern white rhinos are genetically distinct subspecies. 
The Northern White Rhino once lived in southern Chad, the Central African Republic, southwestern Sudan, northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and northwestern Uganda. Poaching has led to their extinction in the wild. 

The illegal wildlife trade of horns, tusks and body parts is 20 billion dollar industry. The rhino horn is often used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is ground to a powder and ingested as a treatment for everything from cancer to sea snake bites and hangovers.  

 

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