Bankstown Central Has Rhinos on Parade

123rhinoElephants aren’t the only animals that can go on parade: 18 baby rhino sculptures are travelling NSW, stopping from February through April at Bankstown Central.

It’s not unlike the UK’s annual Elephant Parade, certainly. The 18 cleverly created sculptures are among a total of 120 that have been painted and decorated by students from 55 schools across NSW. Three schools local to the center were involved in the process: Birrong Boys High, Condell Park Public and Sefton High School.

The schools also raised funds for Taronga Zoo’s 2014 Wild! Rhinos conservation campaign, which highlights its rhino breeding and conservation programs, as species like the Black Rhinoceros are critically endangered and at serious risk of extinction due to poaching and habitat destruction.

In May, the life-sized sculptures will be auctioned off to raise more money for the campaign. In the meantime, however, shoppers can follow them on an art trail through streets, parks, and public spaces of Sydney, Dubbo and surrounding areas—including Bankstown Central.

Bankstown Central marketing manager John Klein said the display aims to raise both awareness and much needed funds for the Wild! Rhino project.

“These wonderfully coloured sculptures bring real awareness to the plight of these threatened species in a fun and accessible way,” said Klein. “Bankstown Central is delighted to add its support.”

Shoppers that visit the display can also swipe their loyalty cards in the nearby Freebies Rewards machines for a chance to win one of 20 free double passes to Taronga Zoo.

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