Egg size: 6” wide x 6” deep x 9” high
We’ve decorated this ostrich egg using a mixed medium. What this means, is that we’ve used two different art forms on the egg. The first is decoupage: the animals are a high-resolution image that is glued onto the egg. The egg is then coated with several layers of epoxy. Once it is dry, the egg is sanded to a smooth finish. The rest of the egg is hand-painted to make a completely unique one-of-a-kind piece of art. The egg is finished with several more layers of epoxy, sanding in between each layer. This is what gives the finished product the high gloss, glass-like finish. The eggs we use are non-fertile eggs that would normally be discarded. The egg is emptied and then sterilized, so that there is no animal matter remaining in the shell.
We’ve decorated this egg the African Big Five; elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhino. The big five are in the foreground with Acacia trees in the background. The colors on this egg are yellow background with accents of orange.
This egg comes boxed with a standard wooden ring stand, as seen illustrated above. The stands in the other pictures are not included in the purchase price and are available for purchase on our website.
Our eggs and stands are also sold at Disney Animal Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge.
About the Big Five.
The collection consists of the lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and the rhinoceros: either the black rhinoceros or the white rhinoceros. The members of the big five were chosen for how difficult they are to hunt as opposed to their size.
The lion is a magnificent animal that appears as a symbol of power, courage and nobility on family crests, coats of arms and national flags in many civilizations. Lions at one time were found in Greece through the Middle East to northern India. Today only a very small population remains in India. In the past, lions lived in most parts of Africa but are now confined to the sub-Saharan region. Mature male lions are unique among the cat species for the thick mane of brown or black hair encircling the head and neck. Both male and female lions roar, a sound which can be heard as far as 8 km away.
The African elephant is the largest living land mammal. Of all its specialized features, the muscular trunk is perhaps the most extraordinary. It serves as a nose, hand, extra foot, signaling device, and tool for gathering food. It is also used for siphoning water, dusting, and digging. The tusks are another notable feature of both males and females. Elephants are right or left-tusked, using the favored tusk more often, thus shortening it from constant wear. Tusks differ in size, shape, and angle allowing researchers to use them to identify individuals.
Cape buffalo, (Syncerus caffer caffer), also called African buffalo. The largest and most formidable of Africa’s wild bovids the Cape buffalo is not very tall; it stands only 130–150 cm (51–59 inches) tall and has relatively short legs, but it is massive, weighing 425–870 kg (935–1,910 pounds). Extremely gregarious, buffaloes are one of the few African ruminants that lie touching. Herds include both sexes and live in traditional,, exclusive home ranges. Clans of related females and offspring associate in subgroups. A male dominance hierarchy determines which bulls breed. All-male herds are predominately old and sedentary, as are lone bulls. Calves are born year-round, after a nine-month gestation. Though weeks pass before calves can keep up with a fleeing herd, they do not go through a hiding stage but follow under their mothers’ protection as soon as they can stand. Herds also cooperatively defend members; and have been known to kill lions when aroused by distress calls.