The last of the rhinos

May 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

About a month ago I watched a Horizon programme about zoos, and their role in conservation. The documentary raised the question about whether certain animals thrive in zoos and whether they still have a place in the modern world.

It also explored how zoos support endangered species through captive breeding.

One of the species the documentary looked at were northern white rhinos. There are only three northern white rhinos left. Only three. They have been decimated by poaching and habitat loss. All rhino species are in danger because of their horn which has commercial value, and so the animals are slaughtered just for that.

After watching the documentary I felt rather hopeless, so I decided to make a white rhino costume in honour of the northern white rhino.

I wanted the costume to look like a ghost.

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I will be using this costume for a series of photographs, and hopefully a film that focuses on how much the earth has been changed by the human population.

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