No. Oddly enough, we’re not talking about Pokémon (though we feel a little lonely in that!) No, in this case, we’re talking about the stunning rhino sculptures that have popped up all over Exeter and also along the English Riviera.
The Big Rhino Project, running from 30 July until 9 October 2016, has brought more than a splash of colour to our beautiful city, it’s also brought attention to the fact that the five rhino species left (three of which are critically endangered), could become extinct unless drastic action is taken soon.
So how do a bunch of colourful rhino sculptures dotted around the city make a bit of difference? Well, this project is strongly pioneered by Paignton Zoo, who have made sure every rhino has a sponsor.
Also, when the rhinos are auctioned on the 3 November, hopes are high to raise a significant amount of money towards conservation projects. There’s already a historical amount of £100,000 raised when 27 gorilla sculptures went under the hammer (not literally) in 2013, so we think it’s fair to be optimistic.
One of the best things about all this is it is a great, not to mention cheap, way to keep the kids entertained over the summer. Paignton Zoo have cleverly turned the trail into a competition and each rhino has a 3 digit code to enter into a personal log. Those who log all 40 will automatically be entered into a competition to meet Paignton’s real rhinos, up close.