'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 and one we need to use to empower a new generation to live in a much more sustainable way. We can't undo history or even fully know what the history of a subject is, we are stuck with the current reality and have to move forward from that point without prejudice and with our hearts and minds wide open."

    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 are planning to travel to Africa in May or June 2019 and are currently making our final plans.

What time is it there?

What time is it there?

When we travel we will be very aware of time zones and when we will be able to live stream and communicate with the schools in the UK and other countries.

The current time in the area of Africa we are travelling to is:

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. We will be looking at the northern White Rhinos, the last two on planet earth but we will also encounter zebra, elephant, lions, chimpanzees, giraffe and many other species.


“Ol Pejeta’s mission to safeguard vulnerable species extends far beyond rhino and chimpanzees. Other vulnerable or endangered species that live here include elephant, African wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard, hippo, Grevy’s zebra and the locally threatened Jackson’s hartebeest.”

Outcomes

Outcomes

The project will connect children directly to the front line of conservation in Africa. It aims to build 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. All of the children who send us their art based on the project (T&C apply) will have their art exhibited and celebrated on our special art gallery.

“WE BELIEVE THAT ART CAN HELP TO CHANGE THE WORLD”


Are you already inspired to paint, draw, collage or create on the subject of 'Precious Africa'?


If you are already itching to get creative and to connect to the subject of ‘Precious Africa’ through art then don’t hold back! You can send us your very best art already and we will proudly celebrate it on our online gallery for you. We do have some terms and conditions you will need to read before submitting your art and all art must be submitted by an adult. We are looking for your absolutely best work, something you will be proud to put on your wall at home and to see online in ten years time – so make it fantastic and make it from the heart. We can’t wait to see what you do.