A grand charity auction will take place at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay on Thursday 3rd November. For sale? 39 life-size painted rhino figures.
The original, one-off artworks will be raising money to help Critically Endangered wild rhinos in South East Asia.
In 2013, the Paignton Zoo Great Gorillas Project charity auction raised £100,000 when 27 large gorillas and two of their smaller cousins went under the hammer. Charities that benefitted included a conservation project working the Critically Endangered Cross River gorilla in Nigeria.
The target for The Great Big Rhino auction night is £130,000. Organiser Pippa Craddock: “This is the point at which a summer of rhino fun turns into a very serious matter. How much we can help rhino conservation on the ground in South East Asia hinges on the success of the auction.”
The Trail was a dazzling free public art exhibition of 40 life-size painted rhinos. They were scattered around the streets, parks and open spaces of Exeter and the English Riviera.
Three of the sculptures – Hope, Precious and George – are not being auctioned. The surplus from the project will be used by Paignton Zoo to support Javan and Sumatran rhino conservation via Save the Rhino International.