Rhino sculptures to make a statement in New York

A sculpture coming to New York’s East Village might seem light-hearted, but it actually carries a somber message about the poaching of wild animals. Consisting of three rhinos rendered in bronze and stacked atop on another, The Last Three depicts the last three living Northern White Rhinos, a species bound for extinction.

The husband-and-wife sculptors were heartbroken after seeing the last remaining rhinos Sudan, Najin and Fatu seven weeks ago. The trio is kept under intense security at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Northern Kenya.

Sudan is 43 with a low sperm count and his daughter and granddaughter Najin and Fatu are infertile — meaning the entire species will be extinct imminently.

The pair are now trying to secure funding to recreate the final three survivors as a six-meter tall bronze sculpture made up of life-size rhinos in Astor Pl, Manhattan. They hope it will be unveiled early next year.

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Wentworth Courier Gillie and Marc