Thursday, July 25, 2013

Gorilla Flotilla

This week the English Riviera was the stage for a strange invasion.


The Gorilla Flotilla launched the public phase of the Great Gorillas project with a flotilla of 9 vessels with very motley crews!
 
 
 
The flotilla was a spectacular event on a beautiful evening, enjoyed by supporters, artists and sponsors from the balcony of Living Coasts which overlooks Torbay, and a lucky 350 readers of the Torquay Herald Express were aboard the boats with the gorillas!
 
 
 
Organised by Wild in Art in partnership with Paignton Zoo , who celebrate their 90th Anniversary this year, the public art project will raise money for the Cross River Gorilla Conservation project to help the endangered Western Lowland Gorillas in Nigeria and Cameroon, and wonderful local charity the South West Children's Hospice.

The 30 gorillas, painted by different artists will form a trail along the English Riviera from 3rd August - 13th October, along with 20 smaller gorillas specially painted by local schools.
The additional  miniature version of the trail at Babbacombe Model Village which celebrates it's 50th Anniversary this year is sure to prove another really popular attraction.



The trail map will be available in many outlets in Exeter and Torbay or is downloadable here
Great Gorillas Trail map
If you have a smart phone and manage to complete the trail of all 30 gorillas, you will be able to enter a draw to win a once in a lifetime experience to meet the real gorillas at Paignton Zoo. Details to register will be available very soon watch this space!

 
'Five Minutes to Midnight' ( far side) aboard
'The Fairmile' with one of his gorilla cousins.

My gorilla 'Five Minutes to Midnight' is sponsored by local Legal Firm Wollen Michelmore and I'm delighted that proceeds raised from his sale at the Gorilla Auction, at the Palace Theatre in Paignton on Wednesday 6th November 2013, will go to their nominated charity the South West Children's Hospice.

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