Rhino Study - The Unpardonable Crime

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Rhino Study – The Unpardonable Crime

Black Artline Fine-point pen sketch with colour wash on Amedeo 200gsm
Rhinocerous (Rhinocerotidae)
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To a man whose mind is free there is something even more intolerable in the sufferings of animals than in the sufferings of man.  For with the latter it is at least admitted that suffering is evil and that the man who causes it is a criminal.  But thousands of animals are uselessly butchered every day without a shadow of remorse.  If any man were to refer to it, he would be thought ridiculous.  And that is the unpardonable crime.*
~Romain Rolland, Nobel Prize 1915
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The Rhinoceros is a large, primitive looking mammal that in fact dates from the Miocene era millions of years ago. In recent decades, rhinos have been relentlessly hunted to the point of near extinction. Since 1970 the world rhino population has declined by 90 percent, with five species remaining in the world today, all of which are endangered.

Two rhino species are found in Africa – The White or square-lipped rhino (Ceratotherium simum) and the Black or hooked-lipped Rhino (Diceros bicornis). Both the Black and White rhino have two horns, the longer of which sits at the front of the nose.


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