Ken Kaemmerer, Curator of Mammals at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium have e-mailed me to inform me of what had happened at the auction:
"I also thought you’d be pleased to know that the painting was purchased by the Hospital Manager, Lisa Bigelow, of the Columbus Zoo Hospital. She says she has a perfect spot in the hospital to display your painting that all who come in will see. The Columbus Zoo is a terrific big zoo with an admirable and large elephant program plus their veterinary program and hospital are top notch.
Anyway it was a grand contribution to the silent auction and overall the auction raised $5500 which will be split evenly between the International Elephant and Rhino Foundations with the money directly supporting conservation projects. Thank you again for your contribution."
Unfortunately I couldn't be there myself, but a friend, Rousseau Kluever, was there to represent me. He did a great job and I am very thankful for his contribution. The picture was taken at the auction where Rousseau hands over the painting to its new owner, Lisa Bigelow. I am so glad that my painting has found a new and very appropriate home!
As we all know, our elephants and rhinos are at the brink of extinction and we all need to contribute in some way to save them. You can contact the following institutions if you feel you want to contribute financially or in any other way.