Here we have the Eastern rainbow rhino. One of the rarest of rhino species; the eastern rainbow is only found on Australia’s east coast, where the sunny weather and ready availability to art supplies provides excellent spotting opportunities. The feet are locked on a plinth, an evolutionary trait differentiating this rhino from it’s relatives. This can tend to inhibit mating rituals, so the rhinos must be as conspicuous as possible to gain public attention. The males and females compete for the attention of the resident human population by displaying different colours and patterns. This is nature at it’s most exciting. A human stops, and clicks a photo with his pocket device. The job complete; the eastern rainbow rhino waits for his next human.
The city of Sydney puts up some pretty cool art installations, and (good news for art-loving Sydneysiders), they pop up pretty regularly. The rhinos are one good example. Scattered around the city were 125 of the artistic beasts, each with a unique hand-painted identity by artists both renowned and amateur. From the February to April they loitered on streets around the CBD, as well as out in regional NSW. Some were sold, helping fund Taronga Zoo’s black rhinoceros breeding program, and going toward conservation efforts worldwide.