Colchester, Essex (PRWEB UK) 24 September 2013
The 29 sculptures, which stand at 2.5m tall, were created to mark the 50th anniversary of the award winning wildlife attraction. Each painted in its own distinctive style; they were on display around Colchester and surrounding towns for 12 weeks before returning to the zoo for a farewell tour. 15 of the giraffes also paid a visit to the banks of the River Thames at More London, allowing even more people to see them in all their glory.
Yesterday, the end of the Stand Tall for Giraffes project was marked with an auction at firstsite in aid of the zoo’s charity Action For The Wild. Led by Colchester auction house Reeman Dansie and sponsored by Essex Audi, all of the Stand Tall giraffes were sold amidst lively bidding. Also under the hammer were two special 1.3m tall giraffe sculptures, one signed by Sir David Attenborough and one by some of the cast of Dr Who.
Colchester Zoo Director Anthony Tropeano said, “Three giraffes Sarasvati, Big Catrina and Jungle Jenny raised a total of just off £20,000 on their own. We’re delighted by the success of the auction,” he said. “We knew the giraffes had struck a chord with the public but we couldn’t have foreseen just how much money they would raise. We’d like to thank each and every bidder for supporting us on the night.”
Since Action For The Wild achieved charitable status in 2004, over £700,000 has been donated to a broad spectrum of conservation projects worldwide. A huge range of species benefits from the charity including vultures, orangutans, pygmy hippos, komodo dragons and elephants. Action for the Wild also has its own nature reserve in South Africa.
Stand Tall for Giraffes was run in partnership with art event specialist Wild in Art who stand to receive 25 per cent of the auction proceeds.
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