With and estimated 500,000 visitors each year, Gillie and Marc used their third invitation to Sculptures by the Sea to draw awareness to the plight of the rhinos. The result was Shandu: The Buried Rhino, the biggest rhino sculpture in the world at the time, playing in the sand of Sydney’s iconic Tamarama beach.
In South Africa, Shandu translates to change and Gillie and Marc hope the beachgoers who got to get up close and personal with Shandu, feel his skin, climb, hug and get a selfie with him are able to create some change in the lives of other rhinos.
Shandu not only raised awareness for rhinos but picked up both the Allens People’s Choice Award and Kid’s Choice Award, only the third time a sculpture has won both in the exhibitions 20-year history. Gillie and Marc donated the total $17,000 worth of donations and prize money directly to the Australian Rhino Project.
After Sculptures by the Sea, Shandu found a new home at Monarto Zoo in South Australia, the world’s largest open-range zoo, with 3,700 acres of land to play home to 500 animals from around the world. Shandu now lives lies in the grass next to free grazing emus as a testament to the amazing conservation efforts Monarto Zoo does with southern white rhinos, black rhinos and many more endangered species.