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Captain Cook Cruises welcomes a wild! Rhino

January 28, 2014 Cruise No Comments Email Email

From Sunday 2 February 2014, Captain Cook Cruises Circular Quay Wharf 6, will be home to a 2 metre 545g Rhino.

The Rhino, named Keratin Collectibles, is a sculpture designed and painted by renowned Australian Artist Numskull and is part of Captain Cook Cruise’s sponsorship of the Taronga Wild! Rhino project.

Taronga Wild! Rhinos is a spectacular world-class sculpture trail, featuring 55 Rhino’s and 63 baby rhino’s, through the streets, parks, schools and public spaces of Sydney through the Blue Mountains to Dubbo and the Central Western region of NSW.

Artist Numskull said “I was keen to be involved in this project straight away. Rhinos are amazing animals and to think that in the near future they could be a memory because of human beings is terrible. Why someone would kill such a majestic animal for their horn both confuses and disgusts me. Hopefully my contribution will help in some way.”

“The Rhino that I designed is a reaction to poaching. It’s comprised of a cluster of attractive shapes and ornaments much like those that are made from Rhino horn. The Rhino’s horn is mostly made up of a protein called ‘Keratin’, hence the name ‘Keratin Collectibles’ “.

Numskulls ‘Keratin Collectible’ is on display at Captain Cook Cruises Circular Quay Wharf 6 until Monday, 28th April 2014.

Captain Cook Cruises is also hoping to help the plight of the Rhino’s. Captain Cook Cruises, Head of Sales and Marketing, Richard Doyle said “We are really proud to be a sponsor of the Taronga Wild! Rhino project and hope people head down to Circular Quay to see ‘Keratin Collectible’ and raise awareness and funds for rhino conservation programs.”

A free Rhino Trail Map is available in the Sunday paper.

At the culmination of the event the life size rhino sculptures will go under the hammer at a charity auction to help raise critical funds for Taronga’s rhino conservation programs.

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