Bulletproof Soul by Nikki McIvor
Nikki McIvor - Bulletproof Soul - 2014 - ©
Greytown, Wairarapa, New Zealand
The Himalayan Tahr was introduced to New Zealand in 1904 in an effort to encourage hunters to visit our shores. The tahr is considered vulnerable by the IUCN (1996) in its Himalayan home. New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world with a wild population of wild tahr big enough to sustain regular hunting pressure. They inhibit the main mountain ranges between Arthurs Pass and Haast Pass highways.
Goats are quite resilient creatures. They can eat pretty much anything, and think nothing of scaling an almost vertical mountain! Wild goats and deer, as they are strangers to our native flora, do damage to their surroundings and are branded as a pest. As much as that is true, at part of Nikki can't help but admire them; living as they do in such a ahrsh climate and having to always stay viligant for the odd human predator with a shotgun.
The drawing "bulletproof sou;" was named after a song by Sade.