Zoo Portrait : Titus, the pygmy hippopotamus
About Titus, the pygmy hippopotamus:
The pygmy hippopotamus is one of only two living species of hippopotamidae, the other one being the common hippopotamus (its much larger relative). The name hippopotamus comes from the Ancient Greek and it means "river horse", although their closest relative is actually the whale.
The skin of these animals is sensitive to the sun, so they spend most of their time in the water. Their sweat is pink (it contains two pigmented acids that colour their grey skin), and it becomes solid and brown when these acids dry. The pink colour of their sweat made people believe that these animals actually sweated blood. This alkaline pigmented sweat is actually the perfect sunscreen. It is also waterproof and an antiseptic.
About Yago, the artist:
Yago Partal (b. 1982, Barcelona) lives and works in Barcelona.
He creates his anthropomorphic images through a painstaking combination of photography, illustration and collage. His intention (in humanising animals) is to make us look again, to see them as "one of us" and not something to be exploited or endangered.
Yago has returned to university to study his passion, zoology. The sales from the Zoo Portraits have enabled him to support a number of wildlife charities over the years, and to work with children to educate the next generation about animal conservation.
Yago Partal is represented by Subject Matter Art, an online fine art gallery based in London. For any questions about his work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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