Gilpin Group, the specialist demolition company based in Devon have had an unusual load on their transport vehicles last week. Instead of the normal loads of rubble from demolished buildings, they have been transporting 42 life sized sculptures of Rhinoceros’ in aid of Javan and Sumatran Rhino Conservation.
The project organised by Paignton Zoo, saw 42 life sized rhino sculptures being created in partnerships with 53 schools across the region all in aid of Javan and Sumatran Rhino Conservation.
Gary Giles, Group Operations Director for Gilpin believes it was one of the most unusual projects they have undertaken: “We are delighted to be able to support this project organised by Paignton Zoo. We have worked with the Zoo previously and really value the work that they put into animal conservation.
This year we were excited to provide two of our Volvo FH 16 550 lorries to transport the sculptures, normally we transport rubble from demolition sites, it is quite a different application for us, I never thought we would be using the Volvos to transport Rhinos. We have undertaken some unusual and specialist projects as business but it’s definitely the first time we have transported a herd of Rhinos”.
The Rhinos were designed by Mandii Pope and artist from London who was behind the Darth Vader Gorilla. The herd were transported on Saturday and were welcomed to Paignton Zoo at lunch time. Simon Tonge, said “The Great Big Rhino Trail is aiming tor raise fund and awareness for one of most endangered animals on the planet, we really have to do something. This project is to raise the awareness about these amazing animals”.