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Randa, Meet Clara. Clara, Randa.
Next time you visit the L.A. Zoo, keep an eye out for special signs on the exhibits featuring animals represented in Oudry's Painted Menagerie...
Aug 4, 2007
Rhinos Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
In my work as the Indian rhinoceros keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, I have the privilege to work with our rhino, a 37-year-old female named Randa, every day. She has given me a love and appreciation of her magnificent species that ...
Jul 17, 2007
Clara and the Ethics of a Human-Dominated Planet
As a conservationist focusing on preserving global biodiversity, I have for a long time weighed the question of right human relationship with other species. Jean-Baptiste Oudry's portrait of Clara the rhino provokes thoughts and questions in some surpr...
Jul 6, 2007
Clara In the Eyes of a Zookeeper
The details in Oudry's painting of the rhino Clara—the armor-like skin on the back, the little bumps—are superb. When I look at this, I see an Indian rhino. But I see a captive Indian rhino....
Jun 21, 2007
Today's Rhinos: Comparing Clara's Life to Contemporary Rhinos, a Rhino Expert's Perspective, Part 2
A lot has changed since Clara went on the show circuit in Europe, inspiring Oudry to capture her essence—and perhaps the essence of the time—on canvas. In the mid-18th century, Clara’s life would hardly resemble the life of the rhinos...
Jun 14, 2007
Today's Rhinos: Comparing Clara's Life to Contemporary Rhinos, a Rhino Expert's Perspective, Part 1
I viewed the Getty’s online exhibit of Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s rhinoceros paintings with keen interest, as I am a veteran researcher of rhinos in both captivity and the wild...
Jun 12, 2007
Connecting to Ourselves Through Animals
I am continually amazed at the diversity of perspectives that people bring to the Los Angeles Zoo, where I work. On some occasions I overhear parents and teachers patiently explaining basics of evolution and natural selection to children, and on others...
May 17, 2007