Living as an ambassador of her species in Limbe Wildlife Center, a primate rescue and rehabilitation facility in Cameroon. For myself, as an artist, to be able to study and sketch her in these local settings was awe-inspiring.
She truly is what her name Nyango implies, a Mother or Queen, well deserving this first ever portrait painting of her species. Often she is spotted sitting on a tree branch, staring at the mountains in the distance, as though yearning for a life and home not so far away. The call of the jungle?
The Cross River Gorilla is Africa’s most endangered primate and one of the world’s 25 most endangered primate species. There are currently just 250-300 individuals still present in the wild.
“The Artists For Conservation Flag Expedition** we undertook to the highland rainforests of south west Cameroon, in November 2007, has been an amazing experience. It’s a true circle of life. Only by supporting the local people we can save the Cross River gorillas.”
Daniel Taylor is one of the very few artists in the world who masters High Realist painting in acrylic. He is internationally renowned for his expressive portraits and wildlife art. His paintings are built up in a series of subtle layers, making them breathtakingly realistic and giving the impression of the paintings coming alive.