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Big Five: Mbangaru and Farai by CrazyAsian1 Big Five: Mbangaru and Farai by CrazyAsian1

Journal Entry Ranger Jonathan Mbekezeli

Zimbabwe, Hwange National Park. Rhinoceros re-introduction program. March, 2157


Our little Rhino orphan Farai is doing much better than she was 3 months ago. We found her barely alive next to the corpse of her mother who was taken by poachers. Since she was just a few weeks old her horn was too small so they left her to die. When we found her she was dehydrated, distraught, and exhausted.


We brought her back to base and got her back on her feet. It had never been tried before but we introduced her to our old Rhino drone Mbangura. I don't know much about drone AI systems or any of that stuff but Mbangura seems to enjoy looking after little Farai! An Oxpecker hangar was installed on Mbangura and we let the two of them roam around the area outside of HQ. Mbangura takes Farai around the reserve and shows her where the water holes are, all the different animals in the park, and watches over her at night. He brings Farai back to HQ so we can give her milk and check on her health.


Farai is a cute one. She's very animated and curious. She's gotten into a few tough spots with some of the other rhinos but with Mbangura around she has nothing to worry about.


Researches from around the world have come to see the pair. Drone specialists are especially interested in Mbangura, specifically his AI core. The shift in protocol was unexpected and unprecedented. Mbangura is an old combat drone we received from the military. We used him extensively in busting poaching activity and he's fought with other drones on multiple occassions. For him to be displaying what appears to be natural parental animal-like behavior has become an issue of intense speculation. We've argued to keep Mbangura with Farai, and so far we've succeeded. I don't know what's going to happen next or how long we can keep him.


All I know is that Farai can't lose another parent.

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All proceeds from print sales of this image or any other images related to Big Five will be donated to the IAPF to help them prevent illegal poaching of wildlife in Africa.

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ProfZamn Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Ominous. Expertly crafted mood U got in there, very impressive
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Marla-chan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
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Morinki Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
freaking awesome
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Sky-Chaska-x Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
This is incredible! my absoloute favourite animal in the big five and overall :) 

May well be spending the next few months persuading family to get me print for christmas :P 
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christian64124 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I really like this one! Curious to know if your doing something like this will all the big five. I'm particularly excited to see the elephant, my favorite African animal, and most definitely my favorite member of the big five.
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nienor Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
if only this were real...
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junxy-studio Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
amazing men!!!
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dreamweaverm Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Where can I buy a ticket to this movie? I'm hooked.
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1div137 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
<font>I like the story and the art.</font>
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AliceTheHunted Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Something about your art makes me so happy and so sad at the same time.
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Kra-ZGirl Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
there needs to be a like button for comments.
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Dyrin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
this is amazing...
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shilohmustang Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the greatest robotic picture I have ever seen! So well done and the story is AMAZING!
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krusnik94 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Ace Ventura When Nature Calls
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Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work!
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KINGOOB Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Very cool!
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Azoresangel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore this!! :iconloveloveplz:
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splat1347 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ever thought about doing "The Little Five"?
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TuffJuice Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
I love your work.
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Bluemead Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Oh man, you truly are a "CrazyAsian"! (In a good way)Patrick (Cake) [V1] 
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Reenigrl Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
poor baby, even though the big is an AI I believe that he's a great protector for all the animals who need help and should be allowed to stay.
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sammy0207 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
nice landscape.
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che38 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
very interessing.
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ShinaRyun Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
You build surprising emotion in both your art and your considerate description; the journal-entry format was inspired.
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macbobXD Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
kinda reminds me of ace ventura :DD
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breew Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Really liking the drone ideas your showing here.. can see it in a future world and its well drawn. not all cables and pistons.. but more like real robotics would be in the world when in use.
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lau1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Lovely story and Image.
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gossj10 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great art and great story..this realy would help to reduce illegal poaching <all they cares abt is money and im sure that itself will be thre doom}
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olivegbg Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this so much. I hope there are some seriously heavy guns in the head of Mbangura. The birds are fantastic too.
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ssiddharthaa Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Beautiful story and art.
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MicahBlack Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
hate to say it one more time, but this is GENIUS.. like, seriously.
from the story telling to the art and back again. really inspiring stuff man..
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TomorrowSorrow Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nice! 
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Wen-M Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
front page no 3! =D

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CrazyAsian1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha thanks bro XD
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guilmon182 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't the backstory of all this. I do know that this is awesome and that Ace Ventura should be popping out of that things ass at any minute.
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I-just-want-to-be-Mi Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this.
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TalonWolfen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow that is cool........Clap 
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Aristokrat952 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ace ventura&
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Trueye04 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
lol was thinking the same
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AtlasArtifex Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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Zerosity Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
That was my first thought as well xD
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's so awesome.
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Vespayik Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. If only things like this could exist in real life.
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I-Do-Care Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
It's great to know that rhinos still survive in 2157! Love your picture and your storytelling. :+fav:
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seanieisere Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely stunning picture and a great little story 
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Idlemind79 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
At first glance I thought the Mbangura was some sort of troop transport.. I love your art, keep it up!

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JoshLAHolford Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is good the rhino in front should have a horn but this is still pretty good
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Idlemind79 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Google baby rhino, the image is spot on, without the horn.
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JoshLAHolford Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thnakyer
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