Endangered rhinos subject of Tusk and Horn art exhibit

Richmond artist, Ming Yeung, hopes her paintings will raise awareness of the plight of the three remaining northern white rhinos left in the world.

The paintings depict the northern white rhino — there are only 3 left in the world

Richmond artist, Ming Yeung, hopes her art exhibit, Tusk and Horn, will raise awareness of the plight of the last three northern white rhinos left in the world.

The species has been poached almost to extinction due to the belief in some cultures that rhino horn holds medical properties. Rhino horns can go for as much as $60,000 per kilogram in the black market, according to Yeung.

When a northern white rhino died in San Diego Zoo in November 2015, that left only three in the world.

She says she remembers hearing chatter about the rhino horn smuggling when she lived in Hong Kong as a child. Then in 2014, she found out only a handful of northern white rhinos were left.

"At that time, as an artist, I [thought] I should do something ... and let the public know it's about time we did something for them. "

Yeung says she has a soft spot for the rhinos and all animals, because she relies on nature for inspiration when she paints.

Tusk and Horn opens at Richmond's City Centre Community Centre today. 


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