This beautiful fabric painting was created by Karen Moorhouse. Her inspiration, Pembe, is the baby rhino born at the Colchester Zoo in the UK. Her name means “horn” in swahili.
The intricate symbolism is as follows:
Bees: Refer to research which has shown that bees can be trained to detect substances like rhino horn, which can help curb poaching. Bees can be taught to associate the rhino smell with sugar water and have a powerful sense of smell. They are easier and cheaper to transport to border posts where they can be used to detect smuggled rhino horn.
Bow-arrow: The hunter (originates from the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert expressing daily routines on rock art) represents the past needs for hunting for survival purposes. Nowadays hunting is no longer necessary and therefore the hunter aims outward.
Warthogs: Represents a wider perspective of other animals living in harmony within an ecosystem.
Ants: Ants are known to be hard workers and emphasize team work and cooperation between humans and nature.
Daisy: The daisy is iconic of Britain, and the presence of the daisy in the design therefore links to a female rhino to Britain.
UK flag in zebra stripes: Demonstrates the UK’s contribution towards conservation.
Dung beetles: Scientists demonstrated that dung beetles use the Milky Way’s band of light in the night sky as a compass. The Milky Way is a constant in the night sky and therefore very dependable.