10 06/10/2010

Going, going, gone…rhinos sell at auction

Chester's Rhino Mania event has come to an end

The city’s Rhino Mania event has come to an end with Chester Zoo’s rhinos Ecko and Splodge being sold at auction alongside 51 other rhinos - all of whom have been displayed across the city this summer.

Ecko, designed by American entrepreneur Marc Ecko and painted by Mike Snowdon, went for £2100, closely followed by Splodge who was painted by artist Janet Fishwick, at £2000.

The star of the night was the baby rhino Rehema who was painted by the children of Mugie Primary School, Laikpia, Kenya.  With a guide price of £500, Rehema was sold for an impressive £1800. 

Overall the auction raised approximately £100,000 with some of the proceeds coming directly to the zoo’s Black Rhino Conservation Programme.  This money will help support the charity’s projects in Tanzania and Kenya.