Painting by Kenyan artist auctions for over 2 million

Nairobi, March 28 -The past week has had some great news for the rhino conservation efforts at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. It all began on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Royal Institution in London.

Auctioning “The last Three”. The artist and conservationist Karen (right).

A painting entitled ‘The last Three’ by renown Kenyan artist and conservationist Karen Laurence Rowe auctioned at £19,000. Karen had offered to donate the entire  proceeds totaling over 2.45 million to the funding of Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

This auctioning was held in conjunction with the conservation organization ‘Helping Rhinos’. In Karen Rowe’s words, “That’s Sudan (at the center of the painting), the last male Northern White Rhino the world will ever see.”

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Sudan (center) the last male Northern White Rhino.  Painting by Karen Laurence Rowe

This painting holds a sad tale as it depicts the very last three Northern White Rhinos that exist on earth. These rhinos, a male and two females (Najin and Fatu), are under high threat of falling victims to poaching gangs. The Northern White Rhinos face a real threat of human-driven extinction despite around the clock monitoring, tracking and armed protection.

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Jasho with her newborn calf at Ol Pejeta

A day later, Friday, March 24, 2017,  Ol Pejeta Conservancy announced that a female Black Rhino named Jasho had given birth to her second calf. Jasho’s calf raised the population of Black Rhino in Ol Pejeta Conservancy to 114. The Conservancy is home to 20% of the  entire Black Rhino population in Kenya facing a bleak future due human-driven extinction.

Watch Karen’s journey while creating the magnificent masterpiece below:

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