The Paignton Zoo Great Gorillas Project auction has raised £100,000.

A total of £99,800 was bid on the night - a secret donation of £200 made the sum up to six figures.

27 large gorillas and two smaller cousins went under the hammer at a prestigious charity auction night at the Palace Theatre, Paignton.

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Three full sized gorillas were not included in the auction: Lilo (sponsored by Torbay Council, the Herald Express and Hi-Line) will go back on display in public places around the Bay; Francis (sponsored by Francis Clark) was pre-purchased by the sponsors; and Herbert, who will stay at Paignton Zoo.

One gorilla – Five Minutes to Midnight – was sold in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

Pippa Craddock, Paignton Zoo’s Director of Marketing & Development, said: “It was an amazing night wrapping up an amazing project in really great style. Thank you to all our partners and sponsors, to everyone who helped out and to everyone who bought a gorilla.”


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