April 2012

Rhino spotted in Paris!


Artist Anne Maurange captures the moment rhino runner Frank passes the zoo at the Paris Marathon. Visit Anne's website here

At the moment in Paris, it is a hard time with presidential elections. Seeing somebody running with a rhino costume, for a marathon,  gives everybody energy, hope and happiness


Frank was the first ever person to run the Paris Marathon in rhino costume, raising awareness and much needed funds for rhino conservation.

Frank says:

We made it. Paris is a tough marathon to run as a rhino. If you run any slower than 5:40 they literally break everything up, inc water points, in front of you! So, we basically ran the marathon on our own. I called my rhino Omni, after the baby rhino I saw in Laikipia in the conservancy... It was very windy and with a rhino costume that is quite tough, you are blown in every direction!

Frank Smits and keeper Kim at the Paris Marathon
Frank Smits running for Save the Rhino and Keeper Kim who ran for the Chiltern Samaritans at the Paris Marathon









Images credit Anne Maurange and Frank Smits

(2) Comments

  • Amy carter
    14 May 2012, 20:17

    well done that must of been tough but u achieved it!!!!!!!!! i am amazemed well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  • Doddles
    22 April 2016, 15:16

    I love rhinos and I love what you are doing

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