A Lit­tle Goes a Long Way

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It is no se­cret that wildlife across the African con­ti­nent is un­der siege. Ev­ery year, ele­phants are be­ing hunted for their ivory, rhi­nos for their horns, and li­ons for their tro­phy sta­tus. The num­bers speak for them­selves: African ele­phants now num­ber around 350,000, down from 10 mil­lion over 100 years ago, and there are fewer than 25,000 rhi­nos left on the en­tire con­ti­nent.

Wildlife habi­tats are also un­der siege. Sa­van­nahs, wet­lands, wood­lands, and forests are now al­most en­tirely re­stricted to African na­tional parks due to the de­mands of an ever-in­creas­ing hu­man pop­u­la­tion. En­tire ecosys­tems and biomes ur­gently need to be con­served be­fore they are lost for­ever. For­tu­nately, there are peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about pro­tect­ing Africa’s na­ture, do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to put a stop to the de­struc­tion in their own “lit­tle” way.

Meet Bruce Lit­tle. From pro­fes­sional game ranger to master sculp­tor, this South African-born artist and com­mit­ted con­ser­va­tion­ist per­fectly cap­tures the spir­its of the wild an­i­mals he has spent most of his life ob­serv­ing, liv­ing amongst, and pro­tect­ing through his sculp­tures. This self-taught, vis­ceral artist holds his sub­jects ex­tremely close to his heart and, through his unique tech­nique, man­ages to per­fectly em­body and cap­ture their in­nate per­son­al­i­ties, at­ti­tudes, and grace­ful move­ments, shar­ing the magic of na­ture with the world. In do­ing so, Lit­tle hopes to in­spire more peo­ple to pay at­ten­tion to the very real dif­fi­cul­ties these an­i­mals face in Africa, hope­fully driving

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