David Yarrow is no stranger to conservation and philanthropy – after all, he is Tusk’s long-term affiliated photographer, and donates 10% of all his proceeds to the charity. When it comes to inspiring individuals to protect the treasures of the natural world, David is keenly aware of the effect that impactful images can have, and it is because of this that he chose to cover his sculpture not only in images of rhinos, but of other animals as well.
It’s seemed to me from the outset that this rhino’s body should be a stage for all endangered species. That’s what the rhino would want. Rhinos have no issues with any mammal other than humans! How shameful is that!
Joining the black rhino featured in David’s image ‘The Departed’ (see above) are a number of other animals that have also served as subjects for the photographer’s work, including lions, leopards, giraffes, gorillas, hippos and zebra. Below are two examples; while photographing the polar bears of “Hello” on Alaska’s Barter Island, David tells us that he “must have been closer than just about anyone has ever been to a polar bear in the wild and lived to tell the tale”; while ‘The Circle of Life’ – which was shot on a dry lake in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park – is, by David's own reckoning, his strongest ever elephant image.