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International Year of South Africa Logo

This logo is not intended to be reflective of the entirety of South African history, culture, and people, but rather highlights some key themes and elements such as:

The Rhino: South Africa is home to the majority of the world’s wild rhinos, most of which reside in Kruger National Park, along the northeastern border of South Africa, where the country borders Mozambique. The rhino population of South Africa—especially the rhino population in Kruger National Park—has faced a dramatic increase in poaching over the past seven years.

The rhino is also one of the “Big Five” game animals—a term coined by big-game hunters to denote the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. The “Big Five” game animals are African lions, elephants, Cape buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceroses—all of which can be found in South Africa and only ten other African countries. Today, all but one of the “Big Five” species (Cape buffalo) are classified as vulnerable, threatened, or critically endangered so the term “Big Five” has been adopted by safaris and used as a marketing tool.

The “Veld” or Grasslands:  In South Africa, ‘veld,’ which is Afrikaans for field, refers to various types of open country. Most farmers use ‘veld’ to refer to the land they work. There are various types of velds, the distinctions between which tend to be vague. One can distinguish among Highveld, Middleveld, and Lowveld, however, by levels of elevation.

The Umbrella Thorn Tree: The umbrella thorn is a drought-resistant species of tree that gets its name from its distinctive umbrella-like canopy. It can be found across a large part of Africa, and is especially easy to spot in areas like the dry grasslands, as most trees need more water than the umbrella thorn does to thrive.

The Blue Crane: The Blue Crane is South Africa’s national bird and endemic to the region; over 99% of the world’s Blue Cranes are found in South Africa. This statuesque bird stands between 3 and 4 feet tall and has blue-grey colored feathers with dark blue or black tips. With urbanization and afforestation (or the act of artificially creating forests) destroying their natural grassland habitats, the Blue Crane has been named as a threatened species. The Blue Crane is significant to South Africa not only due to its endangered status; the Xhosa and Zulu tribes both revere the Blue Crane, traditionally wearing their feathers into battle or to denote royal status, respectively. 

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The International Year of South Africa logo was designed by WKU alumnus Jeremy Copeck (Visual Arts, 2014). He had this to say about his experience working on the IYO:

"This design provided a unique opportunity to visually communicate just some aspects of what makes South Africa such a fascinating and diverse country. It has been an honor designing for the International Year Of... program for over a year and I hope to continue giving back to my university. Go Tops!"

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References:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150122-rhino-poaching-south-africa-conservation-science/

http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_umbrella_thorn.html

https://wildlifetv.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/an-african-mascot-the-umbrella-thorn-acacia/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/624804/veld

https://www.savingcranes.org/blue-crane.html

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