Archive For The “Wildlife” Category

Vultures as art ?

By | May 23, 2012

Why not? Vultures are interesting creatures and their shape makes them ideal for art! In southern Africa the Cape Vulture is the only endemic vulture species. In Namibia it is listed as critically endangered as there are only about 12 wild Cape Vultures left in that country.

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Wildlife art: The Gemsbok

By | March 6, 2012

The Gemsbok (Oryx gazella) is an antelope that lives in arid areas in Southern Africa, mostly in the Kalahari desert.

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New art: Helping the Baby

By | December 10, 2011

Baby elephants at birth weigh between 75 and 115kg and consume around 11litres of milk a day! The new baby is not only cared for by its own mother, but also by other females of the herd. The dependence period of a young elephant on its mother and other elders is not brief: the first […]

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Chameleons

By | October 24, 2011

Chameleons are fascinating creatures, and I was inspired to create my latest artwork by dealing with Chameleon Art Gallery in Fish Hoek, through whom my art exhibition at Kirstenbosch was held. This piece of art will be featured in their new art brochure which is currently being designed. Kalk Bay has been suffering a bit […]

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The Cleaning Station

By | July 19, 2011

Someone told me an interesting story about the relationship between hippos and certain species of fish, which inspired my latest work. Apparently the hippos in Mzima Springs of Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park go to an area where these fish are specifically to be cleaned. The fish feed on vegetable matter/excreta voided into water by […]

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The Heat in Etosha

By | June 3, 2011

Etosha means ‘place of dry water’. The reserve covers an area of about 22 750km² and consist of semi-arid savannah grassland and thorn scrub. The pan itself is about 5000km² and has water only after very good rains, which isn’t very often. From June through to November it gets very dry and the animals then go in […]

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The Hippos Fight

By | May 22, 2011

Hippos are aggressive animals and this gets even worse if there are babies present. Rival hippo bulls will stand up to each other opening their mouths as wide as possible, which can be up to 150 degrees (called ‘gaping’ or ‘yawning’). A smaller or weaker bull will usually back off which could prevent a full […]

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