’Jungle Jenny’ to Make Her First Appearance at Colchester Zoo

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Visitors to Colchester Zoo this weekend will be able to witness the next phase of the Stand Tall for Giraffes art project, a large-scale initiative to mark the zoo’s 50th birthday.

Braintree artist Jenny Leonard will be painting the first of thirty 2.5m giraffes in the zoo’s Kingdom of the Wild area on March 2 and 3, with members of the public invited to watch her jungle theme take shape. Her giraffe, dubbed ‘Jungle Jenny’, has been sponsored by department store Williams and Griffin, which chose the artist’s design from over 100 submissions.

Jenny, who works mainly as a muralist, said: “I can’t wait to start painting on the huge giraffe sculpture this weekend. It’s a great way to raise money for charity and create awareness of Colchester Zoo’s 50th birthday! I’m really happy to be a part of the zoo’s celebrations.”

Once the 30 giraffes are painted with their individual themes, they will be displayed around the streets, parks and open spaces of Colchester from June 2. After being on show for 12 weeks, they will be auctioned off to raise money for the zoo’s charity Action for the Wild.

Lorraine Barnett from Williams and Griffin said: “We fell in love with Jenny’s idea for our giraffe and can’t wait to see the finished product! As a company, Williams and Griffin is very proud to sponsor Stand Tall for Giraffes and we hope it raises lots of money for the zoo’s very worthy charity later in the year.”

Colchester Zoo Director Anthony Tropeano added: “The Stand Tall for Giraffes event is really starting to take shape with the arrival of Jenny this weekend. We really believe that this project is the perfect way to celebrate our 50th year.”

Stand Tall for Giraffes is being run in partnership with art event specialist Wild in Art which has successfully staged similar events in other parts of the UK as well as in Europe and Africa. Event sponsors include firstsite, University of Essex, Sainsbury’s andMcDonalds.

As part of the project, over 80 Colchester schools have also designed their own 4ft giraffes which were delivered to classrooms in January. These sculptures will feature in internal locations during the 12 week display before being returned to the schools as permanent mementos of the project.

For more information about Stand Tall for Giraffes, visit http://www.colchester-zoo.com/standtall.

Notes to Editors

Constantly evolving, Colchester Zoo is an award winning wildlife attraction which stretches over 60 acres in the heart of the Essex countryside. It has nearly 300 species in modern, naturalistic enclosures; many are which are part of vital international breeding programmes. In 2013, Colchester Zoo celebrates its 50th anniversary with “Stand Tall for Giraffes” a mass appeal, large-scale public art event which culminates in a high profile auction for its charity Action for the Wild. The funds raised will help to assist conservation projects all over the world including the charity’s UmPhafa Reserve in South Africa.http://www.colchester-zoo.com/standtall

Wild in Art is the UK’s leading arts and education company, bringing the creativity and enjoyment of public art to thousands of people through its high profile and popular events. Working with host partners, artists, communities and schools together with public and private sector organisations, Wild in Art produces mass participation events that animate cities and towns around the UK and beyond.Through inspiring partnerships, Wild in Art events bring immense pride to communities while offering extraordinary social and economic benefits as thousands of residents and tourists alike discover the wonderful world of creativity in a truly memorable shared experience. Conservation and citizenship are at the heart of Wild in Art’s education work which includes the provision of unique art education resources which engage young people to unleash their creative talent, and enhance learning across the curriculum. In 2012, you can find Wild in Art in Northampton, Newport, London and Melbourne, Australia. Find out more at http://www.wildinart.co.uk.

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