Baboon Painting - Original Artwork - Darrel
Acrylic on Canvas 9” x 12” (canvas is 0.5 inches deep)
Look into these beautiful baboon eyes! They make my heart so happy. Darrel is such a lovely baboon that lives in a troop at Free to be Wild Sanctuary in Zimbabwe. The design in the background was inspired by local African fabrics. I create gifts that give back because all animals deserve love! Read more about Darrel below.
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All copyright is retained by Melisa Beveridge. No reprinting of this image is permitted.
10% of this sale goes back to Free To Be Wild Sanctuary to help provide all the love and care that Darrel and her friends need. By purchasing my products you are not only supporting me to do more of this work helping animals, you are also supporting the sanctuary and Darrel!
I met Darrel on my first bushwalk at Free to be Wild Sanctuary in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. When she rode on my shoulder she was the most polite of all the baboons. She was very heavy and has a really bony butt that hurt when I carried her for too long, but I always felt so special when she chose to ride on my shoulder. Darrel gives hugs, which melted my heart, and she was the sweetest baboon in the troop. Darrel’s namesake was a guide in Victoria Falls who rescued her after he witnessed her mother get into a fight with another troop member and was then chased into a road and hit by a bus. Darrel was on her mom’s tummy when the accident happened, which killed her mother instantly, but miraculously Darrel lived through the accident though she ended up having spine and neurological issues. She was not given a good prognosis and had very bad vertigo for the first year which has since resolved, but amazingly the only obvious issues now are that she twitches and rolls her head around when she walks. Bowen therapy and bushwalks helped rehabilitate her and she will be able to be released. She is one of the higher-ranking females living in the pre-release site with her troop, and she is always the first to offer a hug.