Elephant! Tembo! (2013)

$3200 USD
The left half of this painting shows a calm elephant cow, viewed by tourists from a safari vehicle. Soft washes of color flow down her gently curved trunk towards the rest of the herd and the tourists enjoying their sighting. In contrast, the right side shows an agitated bull elephant with raised ears, curled trunk, and upturned tusks. A man on foot tries to protect his maize crop from 2 more bulls, while strong colors and hard-edged washes enhance the feeling of conflict. Tourists usually see calm elephants inside national parks, but many of Africa's elephants live outside reserves, alongside a growing human population, where conflict occurs over land, water and food. People struggling to survive don't have time to worry about the survival of elephants. African People & Wildlife in Tanzania helps lift rural-dwelling Africans out of poverty, allowing people to consider the benefits of coexisting with elephants instead.

Elephant! Tembo!

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