'Precious Africa' The last two northern white rhinos

  • "In March 2018 the very last male Northern White Rhino died leaving only two females with which conservationists hope to save the species from extinction. This was a shocking moment in history and one we need to use to empower a new generation to live in a much more sustainable way."

    John Dyer
  • "We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity. One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists worldwide.”

    Richard Vigne
    CEO
    Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya
Why?

Why?

There are now only two northern white rhinos left on planet earth. We will travel to Kenya and meet these two last rhinos, get children painting and drawing, asking questions, talking with the conservation workers in Africa and again getting their minds thinking about how we got to this situation and ways we can solve it in the future.

Where and when?

Where and when?

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where the last two Northern White Rhinos live, is a 90,000-acre not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in Central Kenya’s Laikipia County. It is situated on the equator west of Nanyuki, between the foothills of the Aberdares and Mount Kenya. We hope to carry out this project in 2019.

What will John Dyer paint?

What will John Dyer paint?

Africa is full of rich fauna and flora, colours, sounds, atmosphere and culture. All of these experiences will inform John Dyer’s paintings of the rhinos and the surrounding landscape and other animals. It promises to be a truly inspiring project for all.

Outcomes

Outcomes

The project will connect children directly to the front line of conservation in Africa. It aims to build a strong and personal bonds between the young artists and the serious issues facing so many endangered animals, in this case, the rhino. It will be a very powerful and hopefully emotional journey for us all to meet the last two animals on planet earth of one of the most iconic species ever to have evolved.