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Sculpture in Honour of Anna Merz, Endorsed by Sir David Attenborough

April 23, 2013

In honour of Anna Merz, renowned wildlife sculptor Camilla Le May has donated her most recent work, a bronze sculpture of young Nicky, Lewa’s resident blind black rhino. The first of only nine editions will be auctioned off at the “Friends of Lewa” dinner hosted by Tusk Trust in London on the 25th of April.

Sir David Attenborough became good friends with young Nicky while he was staying on Lewa to film his recent BBC series "Africa". He has written a letter to accompany this first casting, saying what a delight it was to meet little Nicky and praising Lewa's commitment to ensuring that the rhino leads "a happy and protected life".  In the letter he also thanks those who bid on the sculpture, reminding them that they will be “contributing significantly” to the rigorous security needed to protect Nicky’s relatives in the wild from the constant threat of poachers who are pushing the species towards extinction.

This beautiful and lifelike piece was done at Lewa after Camilla stayed with Anna this past winter. All of the funds raised will go to support equipment and training of Lewa's rhino monitoring teams, a cause dear to Anna’s heart that she discussed with Lewa staff and board members just weeks before her passing.

If you are interested in calling-in with a bid for this piece, please email alexandra.ames@lewa.org for more information.

About Camilla Le May
Camilla’s “exquisitely detailed wildlife bronzes” have won awards from the British Sporting Art Trust and the Society of Wildlife Artists. Her work was recently acquired for an overseas royal collection and is sought out by private collectors worldwide. She is the inaugural artist in residence for the Royal Veterinary College for whom she has sculpted a life size bronze of Sefon, the famous Household Cavalry horse, which is due to be unveiled in October. Camilla now splits her time between the UK and Kenya where she is happiest sculpting the wildlife in wilderness areas.

For the full story of sculpting Nicky and more images of Camilla's work, click here.