Equipment hire specialist Kennards Hire is helping Taronga Zoo raise awareness and funds for the zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and various conservation projects.

Taronga Zoo’s Wild! Rhinos project will run from February through April, displaying a range of colourfully painted rhinos around town as part of the mass public art exhibition. The herd of 125 colourful rhinos were housed and distributed by the local Kennards Hire team and will form a spectacular sculpture trail through the streets, parks and public spaces of Sydney, Dubbo and surrounds.

Local artists pitched their creative ideas for the rhinos and the best designs were sponsored by a combination of local businesses, schools and community groups. The rhinos will be auctioned off at the end of the exhibition, with all proceeds going to support Taronga’s Black Rhino breeding project.

Kennards Hire Head of Marketing, Matt Hankin explains the rhinos represent a unique way to raise awareness for the special project. Observing that three out of the world’s five rhino species are in critical danger, he said programs like these are essential to both raise awareness and some much needed funds to keep the rhino species from extinction.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo is playing a leading role in the global conservation effort, nurturing one of the most significant groups of rhinos with 15 in total including Black, Greater One-Horned and White Rhinos.