Rhinoceros beetles are found on most continents.  I have not studied them but I do admire their remarkable form. They use their horns to fight with other beetles, to forage for food and to store fats.   Xylotrupes gideon, the species on the left , is found in Asia while Oryctes nasicornis lives in Europe. These are available in bronze or pewter and can be used as decorations and/or paper weights.


Mountain Gorilla.   I carved this statue (in wax) while I was working in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is based on a blackback male. (Blackbacks are males who have not yet bred.) In their natal group, these young males often serve as sentries before emigrating to attract their own harem.


Flint.  Flint was the first chimpanzee whose development was studied from birth at Gombe, Jane Goodall’s research site in Tanzania. His mother Flo was a high-ranking female and an excellent mother. However, she was old by the time Flint was born and ultimately unable to cope with his prolonged dependence on her, especially after the birth of his sister. Flint showed signs of depression following his mother’s death and died one month afterwards at the age of 8 1/2.

Rhino Bookends.  About 5,055 black rhinos remain in the wild and are severely threatened by poaching. I arranged this figure to appear as if the animal is emerging from the bush to avoid the appearance of the usual hunting trophy. It can be set up as a bookends or as a decoration on its own without the bronze extension in the back.

Tree frogs are found around the world and have always delighted me. This small bronze carving is of a tree frog clinging to a forked branch. Its remarkable padded toes, perhaps the tree frog's signature feature, are easily seen.

 Asian Rhino.  This piece is based on the Greater One Horned species found in India and Nepal.  There are two other species of rhino in Asia (Javan and Sumatran).  Their unique armor plating gives them an archaic appearance, suggesting a distant evolutionary past.  


Chameleon Paper Weights.  True chameleons are found in Africa, Asia, and Madagascar. They are characterized by a slow (stalking) gait and placid demeanor that belies a voracious appetite for insects. With independently moving eyes, they scan their habitat for movement and attack with a tongue as long or longer than their body. The horned sculpture at the right is based on an African Rift Valley species (Chameleo johnstoni), which was a common visitor to our yard in Uganda. We observed Parson’s Chameleon, Calumma parsonii, (shown on the left in pewter) in Madagascar. It is one of the largest chameleons in the world. Both are available in bronze or pewter.