The Race to Save us from Extinction

The Last 2 Rhinos

The two remaining Northern White Rhinos. The last of their kind. Najin and Fatu are the sole surviving species left in the world. They are for all intent purpose Extinct, but do not know it. No way to propagate as the last male Sudan died in March 2018 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. His surviving daughter and Granddaughter are the last of their kind in this world.

in 2011 the Western Black Rhino was declared extinct due to poaching. Yes these are subspecies but with very different genetic material. the “BioRescue” program is working to change that. In August, a group of scientists and conservationists harvested eggs from the two rhinos. Using semen from deceased male northern white rhinos, the eggs were artificially inseminated, and viable embryos were created. On Dec. 17, the procedure was repeated, and a new embryo was created, greatly increasing the chances of saving the subspecies from extinction.

The African Wild Dog, also know by a few other names (Painted Wolf & Painted Dog), is quite reclusive and shy. This wonderfully unique canine, with their beautiful spotted tri-colored coat, is one of the Most Endangered Carnivore in the World. They use to roam all across Africa in 32 Countries in excess of 450,000. Today, sadly there remain fewer than 5000 left in the wild in Africa, with only 32 breeding pairs. This is due to habitat loss, snares, poaching, poison and illegal hunting. This intelligent canine is in a steady decline despite the efforts of non-profit organizations such as the, who trains and educates the local people to enlist their help. By recruiting the local people to help protect these rare animals, rather that hunting or poaching the organization provides income to local villagers and gets the support

of the people. Together they work with rangers to track, collar and provide veterinary care to the small remaining packs left in the wild.

Artists, Photographers, writers and scientists are banning together to help this species and many others, in Africa, and across the world, to call awareness to this global crisis. It is my goal to bring awareness through my artwork, in the efforts to highlight that we are losing ecosystems

daily with grave impacts on people around the world. We are seeing the acceleration of extinction of species at an unprecedent rate. The numbers are alarming, thought to be between 1000-10,000 higher than the normal extinction rate*, in the last 114 years. It has been estimated that we could potentially lose up to 1/3 of all the animals by the year 2050.

I have pledged to give 30% of my profits from the sale of these images from the "Vanishing Wildlife Collection" to a variety of non-profits including By purchasing my artwork on-line, either an original painting or a Limited Edition Giclee print, you will be providing financial support to this on-going mission, in the efforts we will not watch

another species pass unnoticed from this earth.

Whitney Kurlan

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