Written by: Megan Carr
As South Africans rhinos are our heritage, it is our responsibility to look after them and to make sure that as a species, they survive for generations to come. World Rhino Day was celebrated at Western Province Preparatory School (WPPS) with an event organised by The Rhinos in Africa Foundation that was sure to leave a lasting impression on the 480 boys in attendance.
The famous Loki Rhino, owned by Hemporium arrived on the field. The headmaster Mr Gary Skeeles explained the importance of the rhinos in the ecosystem and the latest poaching statics. Each boy was dressed in dark colours and gave a donation which will be sent to the Care for Wild Sanctuary – home to many rhino orphans.
Five Grade 7 boys designed and made a life sized rhino sculpture out of recyclable material. Steve Newman, a rhino conservation activist, was on hand to entertain the boys and acknowledge the artists.
The boy’s art teacher, Mr Ryan Adams, designed a Rhino into which every single Boy and staff member fitted perfectly. This is the aerial shot of the school field:
The WPPS Rhino was transported to the V&A Waterfront from the school where it joined ten other life sized sculptures all made by schools in the Western Cape.
The sculpture took up residence in the Watershed Market where all eleven rhinos are available to view until October.
Helen Zille, the premier of the Western Cape, arrived to open the exhibition and she spent time talking to the WPPS boys about their sculpture and what the artwork represented.
This exhibition was organised by Simone Godfrey and Rachel Smith to raise awareness for Rhinos without Borders.
For more stunning pictures celebrating rhinos, see: World Rhino Day Competition Gallery
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