07 Feb 2014

Rhino Sydney Harbour Bridge

Right now, the citizens of Sydney and New South Wales are being sieged by a herd of wild Rhinos. Colourful, wild rhino sculptures that is. Appearing on Sunday the 2 February, these wildly artistic rhinos and calves will be rampaging along the Sydney Harbour foreshore and up the coast to the Blue Mountains, Dubbo and Central West New South Wales.

Adding to the many existing Sydney attractions, these world-class sculptures are a sight to behold and bring together the community's artists, schools and businesses to create awareness for a ground breaking Black Rhino breeding program. An initiative of Taronga Zoo, the mass public art exhibition helps to not only raise public awareness but also valuable funds for their world-leading breeding program and conservation projects.

Charities, schools, community groups, businesses and even individuals are able to sponsor a rhino sculpture which will be decorated by renowned and undiscovered local artists. Leading the charge, 125 life-sized decorated rhino sculptures will be displayed around Sydney, Dubbo and surrounds for 12 weeks, creating a spectacular trail free for the public to enjoy.

Sadly, one rhino is killed every 11 hours by poachers and the threat of extinction is getting greater. With all sculptures being auctioned off at the end of the exhibition, all net proceeds will go towards supporting the amazing work of Taronga's Black Rhino breeding program and in-situ conservation projects.

Partnering with Destination NSW, NSW Now, Kennards Hire and Channel 7, the Taronga Conservation Society of Australia, it's hoped that Taronga Wild! Rhinos, a Wild in Art event, can make a difference in the precarious balance of Rhino populations, beginning with the rhinos in the Taronga breeding program.

You can visit some of the wildly colourful herd at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, in Mosman and at Taronga Zoo as well as at Bondi Junction, Manly, Parkes, Bathurst, Orange, Cowra, Dubbo, the Blue Mountains and Taronga Western Plains Zoo.