KNP: The seven great tuskers captured on canvas

The beautiful painting of the “Magnificent Seven Tuskers of Kruger”, done by increasingly popular artist Vanessa Lomas of Hoedspruit, was completed recently. Vanessa is seen here with, from left, Lukas Groenewald, Ron Hopkins (project co-ordinators) and Geoff Craig-Cooper, Vanessa’s partner and manager. Numbered and signed prints of this magnificent painting will be marketed through Rotary clubs abroad in aid of selected projects for needy communities.

The seven elephants were identified over many years for their tusks weighing more than 50kg each and were eventually documented and named by former KNP Head, Tol Pienaar.

The seven are Dzombo, Joao, Kambaku, Mafunyane, Ndlulamithi, Shawu and Shingwedzi.

Their legacy as the greatest tuskers ever to roam the Kruger National Park is very well conserved and exhibited at the revamped elephant hall museum at Letaba Camp.

Artist quality numbered prints, signed by Lomas, will be marketed through selected Rotary Clubs internationally to raise funds for extremely needy communities bordering the Kruger National Park.

The project is aimed at curbing poaching, particularly elephant and rhino poaching, which threatens the future of these and other endangered animals worldwide.

“There is an increasing awareness that poaching will never be stopped unless the socio-economic challenges of the communities surrounding the Kruger National Park are not addressed,” says William Mabasa, General Manager, Marketing and Communications, of the KNP.

A number of prints will also be sold locally through Chambers of Commerce and Business Forums which are part of the Good Neighbour Foundation and who are situated in towns neighbouring or near the Kruger National Park.

Vanessa’s partner and manager, Geoff Craig-Cooper, said they are happy and proud to contribute towards conservation and after spending many years working in the Kruger National Park they are both keenly aware of the threats posed by poaching.

*Updates on the project and the availability of prints locally will be published regularly in the HOEDSPRUIT HERALD.

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