"Safe Rhino" © wood engraving (ed. 30) image: 2 X 2 in. $50.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

The British Society of Wood Engravers (SWE) organised a project called "Millennium Ark". Each artist was given a boxwood block two by two inches, to create an image of the animal(s) of their choice. These images were arranged together in a composition and printed on one sheet of paper. I chose a rhinoceros. I've run my own edition, before sending the block back to the U. K. where "Millennium Ark" was printed. "Millennium Ark" is available for purchase through the SWE.

The rhino is being poached to near extinction, to satisfy a twisted superstition that rhino horn will improve sex life. It would be so much easier to grind up the horns of domestic cattle, put the powder in a bottle, stick on a label marked "rhino horn" and sell the concoction to all the horny people who believe the myth. After all, deceit in advertising and labeling is nothing new! These superstitious people would be happier than a rooster in a hen house; the rhinos would survive and the ex-poachers could raise cattle instead of poaching rhinos!