Rhino to enhance city visit

A LITTLE bit of flower power came to Orange yesterday in the shape of a life-sized rhinoceros.

Thanks to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s Wild Rhinos project 125 life-sized sculptures are now spread from Sydney to Dubbo on the trail to the zoo.

Orange’s rhino is located at the Orange Adventure Playground and is called Flower Power. It was created by Melbourne artist Keri Le Page.

Orange City Council mayor John Davis said he was delighted Orange has been included on the trail.

“The playground is right alongside the road where thousands of travellers are making the trip from Sydney to visit Dubbo zoo,” he said.

“It’s great they can be offered a great location like this where the kids can stretch their legs and then be encouraged to explore some more of Orange.”

The Wild Rhinos project also encourages people to download a free Wild Rhinos app which helps people create a journey across NSW searching for rhinos along the trail. It also offers a range of other activities.

In Orange travellers who take a photo of their children in front of the rhino at the playground can get a free ice-block at the Orange Aquatic Centre.

The Wild Rhinos sculpture trail has been supported by Kennard’s Hire and Destination NSW. Visit www.tarongawildrhinos.org.au for information.

At the end of the campaign the rhinos, each hand-painted, will be auctioned and the funds will be used to support breeding and conservation programs for endangered rhino species.

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