Key Chain Size:
Hand Crafted in South Africa
Height: 2 inches
Width: 1/8 inches
Length: 2 inch
This beautiful hand painted rhino keychain has been made to look like a caricature of a rhino, this is enhanced by the bright colors and hand details. The colors may differ from keychain to keychain, but the quality will never change.
About the Rhino
Rhinoceros (pronounced /raɪˈnɒsərəs/), often colloquially abbreviated rhino, is a name used to group five extant species of odd-toed ungulates in the family rhinocerotidae. Two of these species are native to Africa and three to southern Asia. Three of the five species—the Javan, Sumatran and Black Rhinoceros—are critically endangered. The Greater 1 Horned Indian Rhinoceros is endangered, with fewer than 2,700 individuals remaining in the wild. The White is registered as "vulnerable", with approximately 17,500 remaining in the wild, as reported by the International Rhino Foundation.
The rhinoceros family is characterized by its large size (one of the largest remaining megafauna alive today), with all of the species able to reach one ton or more in weight; herbivorous diet; and a thick protective skin, 1.5–5 cm thick, formed from layers of collagen positioned in a lattice structure; relatively small brains for mammals this size (400–600 g); and a large horn. They generally eat leafy material, although their ability to ferment food in their hindgut allows them to subsist on more fibrous plant matter, if necessary. Unlike other perissodactyls, the African species of rhinoceros lack teeth at the front of their mouths, relying instead on their powerful premolar and molar teeth to grind up plant food.
The rhino is killed by humans for its horn. The horns of a rhinoceros are made of keratin, the same type of protein that makes up hair and fingernails. Both African species and the Sumatran Rhinoceros have two horns, while the Indian and Javan Rhinoceros have a single horn. Rhinoceroses have acute hearing and sense of smell, but poor eyesight. Most live to be about 60 years old or more.
About the company
Lumela Afrika was born (lumela meaning hello in the Sotho language) in May 1995, the main aim being to create meaningful and sustainable employment for single mothers and men from previously disadvantaged communities. Lumela Afrika focuses on empowering these people from the local communities of Orange Farm, Sharpville, Evaton and Sebokeng.
The Lumela range consists of both functional and decorative items. Every Lumela piece is a one – of – a kind work of art. None are completely identical – as products are hand drawn and painted by different ‘artists’. There are in fact 7 people at any one time working on a product as it moves through the production line.
Lumela Afrika is actively involved in supporting various children's homes. Homes that support abandoned and abused children as well as aids orphans. This has been in the form of financial contributions as well as the donation of our products as gifts.
JF Kennedy said “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it most certainly cannot save the few who are rich”. Lumela Afrika will, no matter what it takes, strive to continue to make a positive difference in the lives of single mothers, their families as well as aids orphans, abandoned and abused children.