Wellington's own Rhino is poached for his horn


Dubbo Regional Council is devastated to report that ‘Arthur’ the rhino, which usually stands in Wellington, has had his horn poached.

Council staff were made aware that a member of the public illegally vandalized Arthur, poaching his horn, and leaving the rhino with extensive damage.

“It was disappointing to see someone take this rhino horn. When things like this happen, money has to be reallocated to fix the rhino, or we have to wait to see if we can secure grant funding, which means other areas might miss out too,” said Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councilor Ben Shields.

This act of vandalism has been reported to police, but for now, it isn’t clear when, or if, Arthur will return to his rightful home.

“Arthur is named after the iconic Mount Arthur, and painted by a local artist and school student, to capture some of the iconic features of Wellington. To see that members of the community don’t value the significance of this is sad,” Clr Shields said.

“The rhino has been taken to a secure location, where he is protected, however, we don’t know if he’ll ever return home.”

Unfortunately, Council does not have any spare rhinos to replace the one vandalised in Wellington, and without an infinite pool of money, Arthur may not be around for people to enjoy.

Anyone who has information about the destruction of Arthur’s rhino horn should contact the Wellington police on (02) 6840 2099.

Last Edited: 06 Nov 2019

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