Rhinoceros and Oxpecker

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20 Artists Proofs

Available as 13“ X 20” Giclée Reproductions

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‘Rhinoceros and oxpecker’ depicts a lazy day. The black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), which is smaller than its cousin the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), occupies sporadic locations in sub-Sahara Africa. Because of the demand for rhino horn and other threats potentially leading to extinction, these magnificent animals are closely protected in several nature preserves in Africa. Yellow-billed oxpeckers (Buphagus africanus) are found commonly throughout sub-Sahara Africa. While original reports describe these birds as beneficial by removing skin parasites on other animals, more recent observations suggest otherwise. These birds have a darker side and have been seen to lap up blood caused by wounds from parasites and trauma. This rhino is resting in mid-day while the oxpecker searches for a meal.