Beaded rhino sculptures help critically endangered rhino crisis in Zimabawe

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Canadian based organisation, Bundu Designs, has teamed up with Save the Rhino International and a group of Zimbabwean wire artisans, to highlight the plight of the remaining 431 Black Rhino in Zimbabwe.

The opportunity to combine two exceptional projects was an obviously good fit for Bundu Designs,” says founder and CEO Colleen Thompson. “The 431 rhino sculptures are completely unique, limited and support a real crisis going on at the moment."

Canadian based organisation, Bundu Designs, has teamed up with Save the Rhino International and a group of Zimbabwean wire artisans, to highlight the plight of the remaining 431 Black Rhino in Zimbabwe.

The partnership which was launched to coincide with World Rhino Day on September 22, is part of a worldwide awareness campaign highlighting the crisis that rhino’s are facing. The goal of the project is to sell 431 beaded rhino sculptures – one for every remaining black rhino in Zimbabwe. Funds raised will support the teams on the ground, providing them with much needed equipment and training.

Bundu Designs, based in Halifax, NS has dedicated their business to showcasing the very best of African, contemporary, talent across North America - collaborating with and supporting several social upliftment organisations to develop product ranges that appeal to an international market and that translate into sustainable income and employment for artisans.

“The opportunity to combine two exceptional projects was an obviously good fit for Bundu Designs,” says founder and CEO Colleen Thompson. “The 8” x 5” rhino sculpture has been created using a uniquely southern African craft using galvanised wire and glass beads. The horn is beaded in white, to highlight the reason the rhino’s are poached. Each wire sculpture contains a swing tag that is numbered from 1 – 431 making each sculpture limited and unique.”

Support the Rhino International is a non-profit organisation whose sole purpose is the conservation of Rhinos. Zimbabwe is home to the fourth largest population of black rhinos in the world – and the country’s population is in severe danger due to poaching for their horns. Zimbabwe’s black rhino population now numbers only 431 individuals and is classified as Critically Endangered. During the last century, the black rhino has suffered the most drastic decline in total numbers of all rhino species.

The beaded rhino’s are available for $75 and can be purchased through http://www.bundudesigns.com and http://www.savetherhino.org.

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