he thirty gorilla statues that were placed in prominent positions around Torbay and Exeter have been brought together at Paignton Zoo
Eight life-size gorilla statues have sailed into Torquay to raise awareness for Paignton Zoo and money for gorilla conservation.
Paignton Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a baby giraffe. The zoo now has six giraffes, six years after three were killed in a fire.
Paignton Zoo has won a national zoo award for its work with a bird that in this country is found only in the South West of England. The Best Field Conservation Project award, from BIAZA (the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), is for the charity’s work with cirl buntings.
The Zoo’s bird department has played a key role in a project to move cirl buntings to a secret site in Cornwall. Curator of Birds Jo Gregson said: “Zoo staff helped to collect young chicks from nests in South Devon for rearing and release in Cornwall.
"The birds have gone to a larger habitat which will allow them to expand their range in the future. That sort of work needs a lot of care and experience.”
About this time last night we were looking ahead to the Auction of Torbay and Exeter`s gorillas. 24 hours later, and exactly £100,000 has been raised with most selling for than £3,000 each.
The project had been organised to celebrate the 90 birthday of Paignton Zoo. Richard lawrence watched the auction and met some of the successful buyers
A hundred thousand pounds has been raised from the auction of the thirty decorated Gorillas that were placed around Torbay and Exeter this summer.
The highest bid for a single gorilla was £5,300.
Most were sold to people living in the West Country. Some said they`ll keep them in their gardens while others want to put them in public locations.
The money is going to gorilla conservation and the Children's Hospice South West.
Just a few months ago gorillas were taking over Torbay and Exeter. The colourful statues designed by artists became a major tourist attraction, with thousands of people visiting to take their photographs with them.
Tonight they're being auctioned off for charity at Paignton's Palace Theatre. Our reporter Richard Lawrence went to see them before the auction began.
The striking painted gorillas that have spent the summer in prominent positions around Exeter and Torbay have been reunited at Paignton Zoo.
The 30 statues are on public display together for the next four days only .
They've been brought out a day earlier than expected in case of more visitors due to the teachers strike .
The Gorillas will be sold off at an auction on November 6th to raise money for the conservation of the species in the wild.
Paignton Zoo's Great Gorilla art project comes to an end today. Gorilla sculptures will be collected across the English Riviera and taken back to the zoo. They'll be put on display, before being auctioned for charity next month.
This is the tiny newborn mandrill born at Paignton zoo. The zoo says this baby primate, originally from the rain forests of West Africa, is another important contribution to the European Endangered species programme which Paignton Zoo is part of.
A single youngster is born after a gestation of five to six months and the troop at the zoo now numbers seven.
A rare giraffe calf has died at Paignton Zoo in Devon.
The male calf was found in its stall by keepers early on Wednesday morning.
It was born to mother Janica just over a week ago.
Zoo keepers say one possibility is that he was not getting enough milk from his mother.
West country Zoos are feeling the benefits of the summer season. Paignton Zoo welcomed 14 thousand more people this August compared to the same time last year. Living Coasts, Torquay's coastal zoo, is up by nearly 10,000 on last year.