Rhinoceros - Kruger Park: Africa Revisited, acrylic on canvas by Loretta Kaufman. All Rights Reserved. Africa Revisited was inspired by numerous media reports of wildlife trafficking, elephant and rhino poaching in Africa. The slaughter of these majestic animals, for their tusks and horns continues at the rate of 22,000 animals a year according to WWF and Conservation International.
National Geographic has revised this figure upward to 30,000 killed each year. The Revisited series pulls together images from the years Kaufman lived, worked and traveled in southern Africa and to explore a line between representation and abstraction. The acrylic paintings aim to raise the awareness of Africa's diminishing wildlife population and draw attention to the disappearance of keystone species. To see an elephant or rhinoceros in the wild is an unforgettable experience and a privilege. The images in Africa Revisited were inspired by memories of this fascinating and diverse part of our world.