Saturday, 8 February 2014

Saturday Snapshot - Wild Rhino's

I love February.

It's my favourite month of the year.

School's back in and routines rule our lives again. But we still have daylight savings, long, warm, summer's days & evenings that cool down (perfect for BBQ's). Our weekends are still fairly lazy and relaxed (prior to the soccer mania that takes over our family in April).

And February is also my birthday month :-)

This year, February is also Wildrhino time!

Taronga Zoo is hosting a 3 month long event to highlight the plight of rhino's in the wild due to poaching and loss of habitat.

125 rhino sculptures have been created by various Australian artists. These rhino's have been sent out into the wild to be displayed in parks, squares & public spaces around Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Central West NSW (esp Dubbo, where the Western Plains Zoo is located).

64 rhino calves have also been designed by local school children and displayed in Federation Centres across Sydney.

This week, on my day off work, I went rhino hunting!

I downloaded the app and headed into the city.

Many of the city rhino's were sitting in the same spot used by the Snailovation people last year.

In 3 hours I managed to find 15 rhino's.

Many of the Central NSW rhino's will remain unfound by me (due to time & distance constraints), but Louise at A Strong Belief in Wicker, your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to find some of these Western rhino's for us!!

In front of the Town Hall (opposite the QVB) is

2 Rhinos stand guard at the Market St end of the Pitt St Mall. This one is
Sponsored by Channel 7, it features signatures of the Home & Away cast on his front foot.

Near the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park I found

Hyde Park Barracks plays host to

Martin Place had 3 rhino's scattered across it's open plains.
This very confused rhino is outside the old CommBank buildings.
While the rhino below is ensconced in front of the Channel 7 building (where they film their breakfast program - Sunrise).

I have never been to Chifley Square before, so finding this rhino was a real adventure!
I posted this pic on Instagram with all the appropriate tags. 
I was delighted when Rachel Chu left a lovely comment and a like :-)

I couldn't find the rhino that was meant to be in the forecourt of the State Library (anyone?)
But the 2 in the Botanic Gardens were easy to spot.

This is the rhino with prime position!
It wasn't until later on when I viewed my photos at home that I saw the shadow on the base.

I was starting to get a little tired by the time I found this rhino in front of Customs House.
Thankfully my last rhino for the day was at the ferry terminal on Circular Quay (below).
The rest will have to wait until another day...
Starting (top left in a clockwise direction) the last 4 rhino's are

I hope you've enjoyed Wildrhino hunting with me.
Stay tuned for more rhino's in the following months!

This post is a part of Saturday Snapshot with West Metro Mommy.


  1. We had a single rhino turn up in Orange this week. I thought of you when I saw it, and knew that you'd be out big game hunting very soon! I did an elephant hunt in Melbourne a couple of years ago. I just adore that lid one, and the first one. I haven't had a chance to get a picture of ours yet, but have seen it from a distance. Are you going to get them all? I'll try for a few, they're about til April.

    1. I was too excited to see your pictures and scrolled down before I fully read your text- and so have just seen your challenge! I definitely choose to accept it. More to come.

    2. Excellent!
      I saw the Orange rhino was at the adventure playground which I know quite well thanks to my niece and nephew :-)
      We'll also be in Bx next weekend, so I hope to have time to spot that one.

      Good luck!

  2. I LOVE the rhinos! In Washington, D.C. they do that with elephants and donkeys for the two political parties. I've never seen them in person but we have a friend who lives there and he always brings lots of photos. People are so creative with the ways they decorate them. Have a great day, Brona!

  3. Your rhinos are amazing. Here in Wyoming and South Dakota, they have decorated horses, ponies and buffalo. Isn't it fun to see the artist talent of so many?

  4. That is so fun! Where I live,in my town we have cows just like that. Maybe when all the snow does away I will do a snapshot of all of them :) I have to say - I think your rhinos are cooler though ;)

  5. What a collection of fun public art. We used to have something like that in the summer time a couple of years ago. Ours was the cow, fitting for 'Cowtown', our nickname. '_

  6. Those are wonderful! And so bright and cheerful. We are gloomy and cold here in the Midwestern US. I wish Chicago would do something like that again... we had "Cows on Parade" in 1999 and nothing quite like it ever since.

  7. Wow! Very cool! My faves ...? Porcelain Rhino and Target Practice Rhino

    1. Yes Porcelain rhino is my favourite too :-)


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