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South African Tourism Leads The Charge In Rhino Conservation

February 4, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

image005South African Tourism is proud to announce its support of the Taronga Wild! Rhinos public art exhibition which kicked off over the weekend across New South Wales.

In an effort to increase awareness of the species’ plummeting populations and the renewed fears that the rhino is facing the risk of extinction, South African Tourism has partnered with Taronga Conservation Society Australia in its Wild in Art event.

From February – April 2014, a herd of 125 life–sized colourful rhino and calf sculptures painted by artists and local schools will charge across New South Wales as part of a mass public art exhibition to help raise both awareness, and following an auction of the sculptures, valuable funds for Taronga’s world leading Black Rhino breeding program and in-situ conservation projects.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to conservation in South Africa, we’re proud to be partnering with Targona on this important cause. We are also supporting and promoting our two colourful rhinos, growing awareness of the issue and encouraging the community to join the charge in raising funds for continued conservation efforts,” said Lalie Ngozi, General Manager Australasia, South African Tourism.image006

“Since the 1960s, dedicated conservationists in South Africa have fought hard to save these precious members of the Big

Five. Today, the South African NationalDefence Force are employed to defend the white rhino in an effort to stem the tide of poaching, while conservationists work hard to change perceptions about consumption in markets where the rhino horn is used,” continued Ms Ngozi.

“Be sure to look out for our Safari Party andGeometry and the Rhino sculptures at Hyde Park and Mosman. Take a photo with them too, and share with your friends and family to keep the conversation in supporting conservation going,” concluded Ms Ngozi.

The free community art event brings businesses, artists and schools together to create a world-class sculpture trail from the Sydney Harbour foreshore through the Blue Mountains, to Dubbo and the Central West region of New South Wales. For more information on the event visit:www.taronga.org.au/wild-rhinos.

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