Mark Heine (Early Illustrations)
White Rhino (Original Art)
Acrylic on Illustration Board
11"" x 8.5"" / 27.94cm x 20.32cm
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"We've lost the very last male Northern White rhino. A very sad state! The name "White Rhino" is not because they were white. It's a distortion of the name "Wide Rhino" meaning their snout was broad, as opposed to the black Rhino that has a more pointed snout. I did this White Rhino for the Philadelphia Zoo many years ago. We need to protect these apex species. Not just the last one, but enough to sustain a viable gene pool. Only two survivors invite genetic defect and it's a long way back from there ..." - Mark Heine
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