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The Great Big Rhino ProjectCharity Fundraising Auction
Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 6.30pm Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay
Welcome to The Great Big Rhino ProjectCharity Fundraising Auction
Supporting rhino conservationArguably the two large mammals most threatened with extinction on this planet are the Javan and Sumatran rhinos. The former is now found in just a single population on the island of Java, where 50-60 animals persist. The latter is now scattered across half a dozen small populations across Indonesia and Malaysia, arguably none of which is viable in the long term without massive international help. Their demise is entirely due to illegal poaching for their horns. Money raised will be used to support anti-poaching patrols around the rhino reserves; for habitat restoration on Java to increase the area available for the rhinos; and support for the intensively managed captive population of Sumatran rhinos in Indonesia which had its first breeding success in 2013. Without these measures both species will certainly disappear.
Following their hugely popular time on the streets, in parks and open spaces of South Devon and even further afield over the summer, our Great Big Rhinos are looking for new homes. They are being auctioned off to raise urgent funds. The surplus from the project will be used by Paignton Zoo to support rhino conservation via Save the Rhino International. The Project has really brought out the best in artists. Creative talent from across the South West and beyond responded with enthusiasm, with the call for designs for our Great Big Rhinos bringing in 180 submissions. Artists came with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. Seasoned professionals, accomplished amateurs, set-designers, film-makers and graffiti specialists have all taken part in this project, and the result is a dazzling display. The rhinos started out all the same and ended up as just about anything you can imagine. As dinosaurs, as superheroes, as holiday-makers or as three-dimensional fine art canvasses. The thing they have in common is imagination. Which one will you choose?
Artist: Ignacia RuizSponsor: Princesshay About: This design is inspired by the symbiotic relationship between the rhino and the oxpecker bird living in co-dependence. This design was selected for the range of collectable miniatures.
Artist: Malcolm Murphy Sponsor: Crealy Great Adventure ParkAbout: This colourful and fun rhino was inspired by some of the exciting rides at Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park.
Artist: Susan WebberSponsor: Riviera International Conference Centre About: This rhino is good enough to eat! It features lots of brightly coloured sweets including sugar mice and coconut mushrooms! The biggest sweet is the love heart with a significant conservation message, ‘For Keeps’.
Artist: Mandii Pope Sponsor: Cavanna HomesAbout: One of the stars of the Trail. The original rhino sculpture shape has been miraculously turned into a triceratops, and even features a pterodactyl too!
Sun’s Out, Horn’s Out!
Artist: Kieron Reilly & Lynsey BrecknellSponsor: Alliance Build Company and Bay Roofing SWAbout: This rhino is dressed in his summer essentials; he’s been the most stylish rhino on the beach this summer!
Artist: Kate Wilson Sponsor: Bernaville Nurseries About: Blossom is beautifully painted with an assortment of flowers from an imaginary English country garden.
Herby Artist: Cori WrightSponsor: Paignton ZooAbout: Herby’s design portrays the rhino’s natural habitat; grassland, savannah and forest, and even features a tree frog!
StardustArtist: Maria & Patricia ShrigleySponsor: The Breeze South Devon About: This is most definitely the sparkly-est rhino of them all! She has been a real favourite with little girls throughout the summer!
Artist: Sue Misselbrook Sponsor: Paignton Zoo About: Stella has been the flagship rhino for the project. Paignton Zoo’s very own rhino is the result of a staff competition at the Zoo. Its beautiful design features constellations which represent animals with the background to the constellations including the Milky Way and the Aurora Borealis.
Rhino An Old Lady
Who Swallowed A Fly
Artist: Sophie GreenSponsor: Exeter BIDAbout: The artist meant for this rhino to represent tackling conservation awareness head on, with a renewed energy, audience and purpose. Hopefully it has done just that.
Artist: Sue GuthrieSponsor: Union Square Shopping CentreAbout: This rhino refers to the much-loved nursery rhyme, but with the simple twist, that this time the old lady is actually a rhino. All the animals are painted except for the fly which is a plastic joke shop fly attached to the end of the rhino horn!
Artist: Neil MorrisSponsor: Tamar TelecommunicationsAbout: One of our most popular rhinos. This stunning design features a silhouetted image against an idyllic sunset.
Woodland Safari Artist: Mandii PopeSponsor: Yellowtail Financial Planning About: This beautifully-painted rhino is a meditation on sustainability. One side shows deep sea fish and a rhino that is free; the other side presents the polar opposite. Dramatic and stylish, this rhino also has many secrets waiting to be discovered.
Artist: National Trust & Kingswear Primary SchoolSponsor: National Trust English RivieraAbout: A collaboration between National Trust English Riviera and the children from Kingwear Primary School which embodies the spirit of Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear and the Javan and Sumatran habitat.
Artist: Maria BurnsSponsor: Whitley Wildlife Conservation TrustAbout: This design includes the animals the artist sees on her morning walk with her Jack Russell through the woods.
Artist: Miss*C (Cleo Heard)Sponsor: Bigwave MediaAbout: Finding Faru is camouflaged in abstract African leaves, and within the leaves hides ‘Faru’ – a brightly coloured African painted rhino.
Artist: Jessica MillerSponsor: The Training Partnership Ltd. About: This intricately painted rhino depicts a range of extinct and prehistoric animals, from the dinosaurs to the woolly mammoth.
Artist: Illona ClarkSponsor: Buy With ConfidenceAbout: Another star of the Trail! This beautifully painted rhino wears a suit of armour, protection from all predators save the modern world.
Artist: James KentSponsor: Paignton ZooAbout: In this rhino’s design we can playfully imagine what a castle siege was like in medieval times both inside and outside the castle walls.
Artist: Miss*C (Cleo Heard)Sponsor: Radio ExeAbout: The inspiration behind ‘Targeted’ was the fact that all five rhino species are threatened by extinction. Covering it in targets was a very dramatic way of drawing attention to the plight of these wonderful animals.
Artist: Neil MorrisSponsor: Photographer TomAbout: This fabulous and striking rhino depicts a solo figure looking solemnly on as a single point in time burns brightly only to fade away. The image of the face reflecting in the light begs the question, what are they thinking?
Artist: Mark PowellSponsor: Austen KnapmanAbout: This rhino wears African tribal clothing and a mask. The blanket has a collection of rhino silhouettes all overlapping each other. The question is, how many?
Artist: Jenny LeonardSponsor: Inter-Line Building SuppliesAbout: The artist decided to change this rhino into a character inspired by ‘The Incredible Hulk’. A must for any fan!
Artist: Jackie KiddSponsor: Paignton Zoo, Visit South Devon, English Riviera and Visit ExeterAbout: Badak has spent the summer in Bristol promoting the project to those travelling to and from Temple Meads station. Inspired by 1950s travel poster art, the design depicts stylised images of Java and Sumatra showing an exotic part of the world where rhinos are close to extinction.
Down The Road
The Watering Hole
Artist: Stuart A WrightSponsor: Ocean BMW and Ocean MINIAbout: The design for ‘Invincible?’ was inspired by the juxtaposition of the rhino’s powerful armoured form and their fragility at the hand of human poachers. The design draws reference from a certain character featured in a certain global entertainment franchise! NOTE: This rhino has solar powered eyes that light up in the dark!
Artist: Jennifer Enid Rogers & Anna RawlesSponsor: Dainton Park Golf Club & RestaurantAbout: Inspired by the David Attenborough BBC series ‘Africa’, this rhino shows the breadth of wildlife there, all gathered around a watering hole.
Artist: Peter PooleSponsor: Babbacombe Model VillageAbout: This clever and fun design shows a high street snaking off into the countryside passed woodland, meadows and fields. Not quite Africa, but Devon.
Rhino - Zero
Sir Richard The Rhinoheart
RhinoctopusArtist: Otto SchadeSponsor: Cantina Bar & KitchenAbout: This artist’s style is very distinctive and he uses it because he wants to see inside shapes. The shape is easily recognisable as a rhino wrapped in ribbons, but you can see inside and right through the rhino.
Artist: Louise HouriganSponsor: Dacol Services, Dacol PVCu, Dacol Scaffolding and McLintock & TaylorAbout: Sir Richard has been on a quest during the summer! He has been helping to save his fellow rhinos through both protection and education!
30Artist: Maria BurnsSponsor: Torbay Clearance ServicesAbout: The artist has always had a fascination with sea creatures. She thinks octopuses are great to illustrate and this one reminds her of the giant sea monsters in old sailors’ nautical tales of the deep.
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
Rhino Why The Caged Bird Sings
Artist: Lee O’BrienSponsor: Mainline Fancy DressAbout: The artist likes to capture a sense of ‘Britishness’ within his work and he thought that the British seaside was an ideal way to capture Paignton in particular. The design includes traditional seaside features – Mr Punch, the pier and of course ice cream!
Artist: Itchier ItchSponsor: Express & Echo and Hi-LineAbout: This design is a representation of man’s attempt at recreating an animal much too late. While it will please the eye at first, behind the aesthetics it is also a much needed reminder of the very real threats that the rhino faces.Artist: Sue Guthrie
Sponsor: Living CoastsAbout: This rhino shows a caged bird at sunset surrounded by the silhouettes of joyous birds in flight. The bird’s song is represented by notes which are painted in gold leaf. The rhino refers to the 1969 Maya Angelou autobiography.
Paignton By Numbers
All Creatures Great And Small
Artist: Rachel ShilstonSponsor: Dartmouth Steam Railway & Riverboat CompanyAbout: This fun and colourful rhino is a play on words, taking its inspiration from the popular DIY painting kits and featuring some of Paignton’s favourite landmarks.
Artist: Julia AllumSponsor: Torbay Council, Herald Express and Hi-LineAbout: This rhino is named after, and inspired by, the stained glass designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. The design, painted to look like glass, represents the fragility of the rhino’s existence.
Artist: Laura TuttonSponsor: Harlequins Shopping CentreAbout: This design represents all of the wonderful creatures that the world has to offer. Paignton Zoo and the artist’s love for animals was the main inspiration for this rhino.
Spike (dreaming of the herd)
38Artist: Sophie GreenSponsor: ESW Solutions Ltd.About: Little Spike is an orphan. She remembers a time when she was part of a great herd of rhinos roaming the grasslands. Her only wish is for those herds to return.
Artist: Stuart A WrightSponsor: Guildhall Shopping CentreAbout: The design for Glimpses features delicately airbrushed images of an adult and juvenile rhinos. The placement of the images and interruption of the vivid blocks make reference to the sparsity of the animals in their natural habitat.
Artist: Steve DooleySponsor: Cathedral Financial Management About: Exeter Cathedral is an iconic building that we must ensure we preserve for generations to come, just like rhinos. The intricate work of the stonemasons is cleverly transferred to ‘Cath’ with mural effects to give her a dimensional and imposing appearance.
Paignton Zoo’s conservation workWe have invested millions of pounds in conservation work spanning the globe, protecting local habitats, breeding and releasing species back into the wild and working on conservation programmes globally.
Locally, we saved Slapton Ley from development; it is now managed as a National Nature Reserve. We have bred several species for reintroduction including the golden lion tamarin, Socorro dove, dormouse, water vole and cirl bunting. Through our global work, centred in Africa, we have helped to protect both black and white rhino in Zimbabwe and Malawi. Together with the Kenyan Wildlife Service we confirmed the existence of a previously unknown population of the Critically Endangered Aders’ duiker, and we continue to support environmental education in the largely neglected Omo Forest in Nigeria.
The Great Big Rhino Project will not only enable us to continue this vital conservation and education work, it will also help the fight to save Javan and Sumatran rhinos from extinction.
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EUwww.paigntonzoo.org.uk | www.greatbigrhinos.org.uk | Twitter: @GreatBigRhinos | Facebook: www.facebook.com/greatbigrhinos | Instagram: www.instagram.com/greatbigrhinosPaignton Zoo Environmental Park is a registered education, scientific and conservation charity dedicated to protecting our global wildlife heritage. Registered charity number: 300923.
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Save the Rhino InternationalSave the Rhino International began fundraising for in situ rhino conservation programmes in 1992 and was formally registered as a charity (number 1035072) in 1994. They have five strategies for conserving viable populations of rhinos in Africa and Asia:1. Raising funds to protect and increase rhino numbers and population distribution
in African and Asian range states2. Facilitating the exchange of technical support and information between rhino
conservation stakeholders3. Ensuring that local communities in key rhino areas benefit from employment,
capacity building, education, outreach and the sustainable use of natural resources4. Developing and delivering behaviour-change campaigns to reduce the demand
for rhino horn in consumer countries5. Raising awareness throughout the world of the need for urgent global action on
Image courtesy of Save the Rhino
Image courtesy of Save the Rhino