silverback gorillas are converging on Paignton Zoo. It's not a great ape convention
– it's one of the final stages in the successful Great Gorillas Project.
Gorillas event will be held at Paignton Zoo between Friday 18th and
Sunday 20th October.
spokesperson Phil Knowling said: "It's a last chance to see all the Great
Gorillas together, catch up with any you missed on the trail and say good bye
to this extraordinary collection before most are sold off." The weekend is also
an opportunity for those aiming to bid for Great Gorillas at the auction to preview
The bulk of
the decorated life-size gorillas will be lined up down the main drive of the
Zoo, alongside Monkey Heights. Some of the more delicate gorillas will be in
the Hub building nearby. Usual entry prices will apply throughout the weekend.
"More than two
dozen large, painted gorillas all in a row - it is going to look absolutely
On Friday 18th
October, Palm FM will be broadcasting Colin Leslie's daytime show live from
Paignton Zoo between 10.00am and 1.00pm. There will be interviews, crowd
interaction and lots of information about the project and about the charity
auction, when most of the gorillas will be sold, on 6th November.
The project, celebrating
Paignton Zoo's 90th birthday, has seen life-size model gorillas sponsored
by businesses, painted in original designs by specially-commissioned artists
and displayed in public, creating a unique free art trail around Exeter and the
Paignton Zoo Director of Marketing & Development Pippa
Craddock said: "Good Bye Gorillas is the perfect opportunity to see the
gorillas together and to decide which one you want to buy!"
have the chance to register their interest for tickets to the Great Gorillas
auction on 6th November. For further information go to: www.greatgorillas.org.uk.