As part of a world-class mass public art event, Paignton Zoo have brought the Great Big Rhino Project to the streets, parks and open spaces of Exeter and the English Riviera, following on from the 2013 success that was the Great Gorillas Project.
Lasting for ten weeks, from 29th July until 9th October, the rhinos will be on display showcasing the wealth of local artistic talent, as well as bringing attention to the conservation threat facing wild rhino’s and how the local community can help the cause.
The Great Big Rhino Trail hopes to encourage everyone to get out and track down all of the rhino’s. By going to greatbigrhinos.org.uk the public can enter a unique code that appears on the information plaque at the base of each rhino. Everyone who ‘checks in’ at all 40 rhinos (London and Bristol rhinos not included) will be entered into a prize draw to meet Paignton Zoo’s (real) rhinos up close.
Out of the 40 rhinos on display, there will be across the Exeter BID area including its very own rhino aptly named Charge. Charge will be joined by Glimpses, Dino Rhino, All Creatures Great and Small, Symbiosis, AquamaRhino, Precious & Maximus. Sponsored by Guildhall Shopping Centre, The Training Partnership, Harlequins Shopping Centre, Princesshay, Yellowtail Financial Planning, Buy with Confidence, Newquay Zoo & Crealy Great Adventure Park respectively.
With a dedicated Trail Map, available online or hardcopy across various outlets, there is no excuse not to get involved with this charitable cause. As well as providing you with background information, the leaflet also has a map showing the locations across Exeter and a section showing which buses to take to see the rhinos at a faster pace. It is completely up to you whether you complete the trail over a couple of weeks, or within a day.
Visitors interested in taking part in the trail can find a map below to help them locate Charge and his Exeter rhino chums. The fun, family friendly trail takes visitors through some of the best areas that Exeter has to offer with plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops and entertainment to offer welcome pit stops along the way.