Syd wins chocolate gorilla at the last minute!

Posted: 11/11/2013 Syd wins chocolate gorilla at the last minute!

Syd Jefferies has won a big chocolate gorilla - after buying a raffle ticket at the very last minute. He is now the proud owner of Chico, a 30 inch high model primate smothered in the finest Belgian chocolate. Chico was raffled in aid of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project. Mr Jefferies, of…

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Great Gorillas auction raises incredible sum

Posted: 07/11/2013 Great Gorillas auction raises incredible sum

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. The project, celebrating Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday, is supporting gorilla conservation and Children’s…

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Great Gorillas auction raises incredible sum

Posted: 07/11/2013 Great Gorillas auction raises incredible sum

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. The project, celebrating Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday, is supporting gorilla conservation and Children’s…

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Kirstie Allsopp’s gorilla up for grabs

Posted: 25/10/2013 Kirstie Allsopp’s gorilla up for grabs

A unique piece of art by TV favourite Kirstie Allsopp is a star lot in a charity auction that’s raising money for gorilla conservation. The presenter, interior designer, crafts and property expert designed a gorilla as part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project. The project, celebrating…

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Why Great Gorillas make great art

Posted: 25/10/2013 Why Great Gorillas make great art

Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project reaches its climax on 6th November with an exclusive charity auction. It’s a chance for collectors, art lovers and people in search of a truly unique conversation piece to get their hands on a real one-off. Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said:…

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Flagged wants to come home!

Posted: 24/10/2013 Flagged wants to come home!

It was around two and a half years ago that the Paignton Business Improvement District (BID) Business plan was put together. One of the highlights was the suggestion of a 'Paignton Safari' through the town. Matthew Clarke Chairman of the Paignton BID says: 'When I proposed this at the inaugural meeting…

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Vote for your favourite school gorilla

Posted: 24/10/2013 Vote for your favourite school gorilla

Babbacombe Model Village is hosting a popularity contest – for small gorillas. It’s all part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project. More than 20 gorilla models designed and created by schools from across the region will gather at the Model Village over half term. Visitors will be…

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George the royal gorilla

Posted: 21/10/2013 George the royal gorilla

As the royal family gets ready to baptise Prince George, children at a hospice in Devon are celebrating the link between the royal baby and a hand-painted model gorilla. The gorilla, part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project, was created by children at Children’s Hospice South West and…

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Make a bid for a Great Gorilla

Posted: 21/10/2013 Make a bid for a Great Gorilla

The Great Gorillas Project reaches its climax on 6th November, when a troop of large gorilla sculptures will be sold for charity. The project, celebrating Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday, is raising funds for gorilla conservation and for Children’s Hospice South West. Life-size model gorillas,…

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Star Wars fans in orbit as Darth Vader goes under the hammer

Posted: 17/10/2013 Star Wars fans in orbit as Darth Vader goes under the hammer

A life-size model gorilla dressed as Darth Vader is about to go up for auction. The iconic Star Wars baddie has been reborn as a full size gorilla standing on all fours, measuring 140cms tall, 120cms long and 60cms wide. He comes complete with helmet, cape, a glowing light sabre and a talking chest-plate.…

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Poirot’s Great Gorilla mystery

Posted: 14/10/2013 Poirot’s Great Gorilla mystery

There’s increasing interest in the fate of a life-size gorilla painted to look like Agatha Christie famous detective, Hercule Poirot. He is one of the star lots in a grand charity auction that takes place on Wednesday 6th November. Poirot was created as part of The Great Gorillas Project, marking…

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Gorilla in the garage

Posted: 11/10/2013 Gorilla in the garage

For Exeter-based artist and former national school-boy sportsman Stuart Wright, gorillas loom large. A plush gorilla toy has travelled everywhere with him since he was two years old. And now he has painted a three-dimensional life-size gorilla – in his garage. The huge gorilla sculpture is part…

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Say Hello to Good Bye Gorillas

Posted: 09/10/2013

Nearly thirty 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. The Goodbye Gorillas event will be held at Paignton Zoo between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th October. Paignton Zoo…

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The tiny little Great Gorillas!

Posted: 07/10/2013 The tiny little Great Gorillas!

  Now everyone can have a Great Gorilla in their front room. Four of Paignton Zoo’s popular Great Gorillas have been reproduced as limited-edition hand-painted miniatures. The Great Gorillas Project is celebrating the 90th birthday of the Zoo, which is a registered charity. The collectables…

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George the (royal?) gorilla

Posted: 01/10/2013 George the (royal?) gorilla

Children at a hospice in Devon are proud that their hand-painted gorilla shares his name with the royal baby. The gorilla, part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project, was created by children at Children’s Hospice South West and named George. Naomi Dymond, from Children’s Hospice…

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Gorillas by bus

Posted: 16/09/2013 Gorillas by bus

One local family has tracked down the full set of Great Gorillas – entirely by bus. Lucy Sambell, from Exeter, her 13-year-old son Zachary and their two chocolate Labradors, father and son Murphy and Dooley, took two days to complete the free public art marathon. The Great Gorillas Project is…

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The Great Gorillas Riviera run!

Posted: 11/09/2013

A bunch of intrepid South Devon athletes is planning to run the entire English Riviera Great Gorilla Trail.   Runners from South Devon Athletic Club are going to attempt the run on Sunday 15th September, starting at 8.00am on Babbacombe Downs and finishing at Shoalstone Pool, Brixham.   It’s…

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The Great Gorilla mystery

Posted: 11/09/2013 The Great Gorilla mystery

Whodunnit? As the Agatha Christie Festival gets under way and ITV prepare to show the last ever episode of Poirot, the question is – who created the Poirot gorilla that’s been wowing shoppers in Torquay this summer? This time it wasn’t the butler – it was the students of South…

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Kirstie Allsopp wears her hearts on her gorilla

Posted: 29/08/2013 Kirstie Allsopp wears her hearts on her gorilla

TV favourite Kirstie Allsopp has decorated a unique piece of three-dimensional charity art - a life-size gorilla. The presenter, interior designer, crafts and property expert has come up with a design as part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project. The project is celebrating the 90th birthday…

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All gorillas great and small

Posted: 23/08/2013 All gorillas great and small

Babbacombe Model Village is getting involved in Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project in a big way – by faithfully recreating the trail of life-size painted gorillas in miniature. Thirty 5 inch-tall china gorillas have been placed around the Model Village for the summer. Some artists have…

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Gorilla tracking in Devon!

Posted: 14/08/2013

A new craze is set to sweep South Devon this summer - gorilla tracking. The free trail of 30 painted, life-size model gorillas links Brixham, Paignton, Torquay, Cockington, Babbacombe, St. Marychurch and Exeter. Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “It’s a brilliant free 30-mile…

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Great Gorilla is a true academic

Posted: 12/08/2013 Great Gorilla is a true academic

  A gorilla has enrolled at the University of Exeter. The giant primate arrived wrapped in pretend brown paper, tied with mock string and covered in air mail stickers, stamps and franks from South Africa, Canada, Indonesia, Australia and Cuba. This striking piece of public art is named Takamanda,…

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Gorilla Preservation Squad

Posted: 09/08/2013 Gorilla Preservation Squad

The UK’s surface repair specialist Plastic Surgeon is going ape for charity. The company has pledged its expertise in support of Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday Great Gorillas Project. Plastic Surgeon has set up the Gorilla Preservation Squad to care for the host of life-size fibre-glass gorillas…

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Star Wars fans in seventh Devon - Darth Vader reborn as gorilla

Posted: 06/08/2013 Star Wars fans in seventh Devon - Darth Vader reborn as gorilla

Iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader has been reborn – as a life-size gorilla. He is rumoured to be plotting world domination from an empty shop unit in Exeter, Devon. London-based artist Mandii Pope has created the extraordinary figure as part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project. The…

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Beverley Holidays’ Customers Go Bananas

Posted: 05/08/2013 Beverley Holidays’ Customers Go Bananas

Here at Beverley Holidays this summer, we became proud sponsors of Paignton Zoo by adopting our very own Gorilla - named Beverley. Staying in our beautiful ‘premium plus’ Pebble caravan at the park, Beverley is staying for the whole summer until October. Beverley has been having a fantastic…

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Beer for Gorillas!

Posted: 31/07/2013 Beer for Gorillas!

A South Devon brewery has created a special beer - for gorillas. The Bays Great Gorilla Ale is a one-off brew celebrating Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday and The Great Gorillas Project. The project features life-size model gorillas sponsored by businesses, painted in original designs by specially-commissioned…

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Great Gorillas in the urban jungle

Posted: 24/07/2013 Great Gorillas in the urban jungle

A silverback gorilla is coming to Exeter – by bus. Stagecoach are supporting Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project by sponsoring a unique piece of three-dimensional public art - a life-size model gorilla. The Stagecoach silverback is called Bananarilla – for obvious reasons –…

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Great Gorillas launches today!

Posted: 23/07/2013 Great Gorillas launches today!

  The Great Gorillas trail will launches today with The Great Gorillas Flotilla which will see 10 boats with the life-size painted model gorillas on board sailing across Tor Bay. This extraordinary spectacle takes place on Tuesday 23rd July and has been sponsored by Greenway Ferry. All 12 Greenway…

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Chocolate gorilla is world first

Posted: 18/07/2013 Chocolate gorilla is world first

It’s the perfect gift for the wildlife enthusiast who is also a chocoholic – a 30 inch high model gorilla smothered in the finest Belgian chocolate. Chico – as he has been named - has been made by The Cockington Chocolate Company in support of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project.…

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Great Gorillas take to the water!

Posted: 23/07/2013 Great Gorillas take to the water!

The Great Gorillas trail will be launched with The Great Gorillas Flotilla which will see 9 boats with the life-size painted model gorillas on board sailing across Tor Bay. This extraordinary spectacle takes place on Tuesday 23rd July and has been sponsored by Greenway Ferry. All 12 Greenway Ferry vessels…

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How To Paint A Gorilla

Posted: 04/07/2013 How To Paint A Gorilla

Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project is well under way. The Project, celebrating the 90thbirthday of the Zoo, will see life-size model gorillas sponsored by businesses, painted in original designs by specially-commissioned artists and displayed in public, creating a unique art trail around Exeter…

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Seahorses versus bananas!

Posted: 20/06/2013 Seahorses versus bananas!

Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project is well under way. And for two local artists, the rivalry is personal. Husband and wife artists Deborah Treliving and Malcolm Law are going head-to-head. Malcolm is creating Cool Ice Cream Bananas Gorilla for the Princesshay Shopping Centre in Exeter, while Deborah…

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Great Gorilla becomes Great Dragon!

Posted: 16/06/2013 Great Gorilla becomes Great Dragon!

When artist Rob Catterall decided to paint a life-size three-dimensional gorilla, there was only one design he could possibly choose – a dragon. Rob has been obsessed with the fantastical flying beasts since he was little. Now, he’s decorated a life-size gorilla for Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas…

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Clock ticking for Great Gorilla

Posted: 07/06/2013 Clock ticking for Great Gorilla

For Great Gorilla artist Jane Veveris Callan, the clock is definitely ticking. Jane’s design features clocks – lots of clocks. “There are ten clock and watch faces - and also a hidden hourglass!” The Great Gorillas Project is celebrating the 90th birthday of Paignton Zoo Environmental Park.…

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Gorilla gets tattooed

Posted: 24/05/2013 Gorilla gets tattooed

Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project has brought together two unlikely partners - a top financial management company and a tattoo artist. Cathedral Financial Management Ltd, of Exeter, has sponsored a Great Gorilla. Their chosen design is by Torbay tattoo artist Danny Kidd. Ironically, the design…

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Great Gorilla flags up urgent message

Posted: 16/05/2013 Great Gorilla flags up urgent message

The latest creation in Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorilla Project is a real team effort. Artist Penny Robson, a tutor for South Devon College’s Adult & Community Learning Department, invited her students to help her paint a life-size gorilla. “There’s a list of about thirty people who want to help,…

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Great Gorillas in the family

Posted: 07/05/2013 Great Gorillas in the family

For young artist Jessica Miller, Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project is a family affair. Her sister Lorriane is a gorilla keeper at the Zoo. Jess, who also volunteers at Paignton Zoo, knows the Zoo’s five male lowland gorillas - Pertinax, Kiondo, Kivu, N’Dowe and Matadi - well. “I’ve…

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Stagecoach South West go bananas for Great Gorillas Project

Posted: 22/04/2013 Stagecoach South West go bananas for Great Gorillas Project

·         Local transport operator is sponsoring banana covered ape as part of Paignton Zoo’s high profile campaign ·         Painting taking place this week (week commencing 15th April) in Exeter’s…

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Great Gorilla is an x-ray vision

Posted: 12/04/2013 Great Gorilla is an x-ray vision

A life-size, 3-D, x-ray gorilla is the latest amazing creation of a major local project linking public art and conservation. The sculpture has been painted black with its bones picked out in dramatic ghostly white to give the appearance of an x-ray. The striking creation is the latest design in The…

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Gorilla paints gorilla

Posted: 25/03/2013 Gorilla paints gorilla

A young gorilla at a Devon zoo has hand-painted a gorilla sculpture. The 9-year-old Western lowland gorilla named N’Dowe (pronounced Endovay) was given the chance to express his creativity by keepers at Paignton Zoo.   The result is a unique piece of three-dimensional art that will be auctioned…

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Pupils meet Great Gorillas

Posted: 07/03/2013

Creativity and conservation is coming together in schools across Devon. The Great Gorillas Project is celebrating the 90th birthday of the region’s largest and best-known zoo, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park. Life-size model gorillas are being sponsored by businesses and community groups, painted…

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Mr Bumble Joins The Frobishers Team

Posted: 05/03/2013 Mr Bumble Joins The Frobishers Team

A life-size three dimensional gorilla is the latest addition to the team at the head office of Exeter-based premium juice brand Frobishers. A rather unusual staff member, ‘Mr Bumble’ as he’s affectionately known, is one of ten such gorillas that are the focus of Paignton Zoo’s…

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Guildhall Launches ‘the People’s Gorilla’

Posted: 19/02/2013 Guildhall Launches ‘the People’s Gorilla’

The Guildhall Shopping Centre is to take part in the Great Gorillas Project with a ‘the People’s Gorilla’ called Ubuntu, which is South African for a friendly and open person – and schools and groups in and around the city are invited to contribute to the final design.  …

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Accountants join Great Gorillas Project

Posted: 23/01/2013 Accountants join Great Gorillas Project

The business heavyweights at Francis Clark were joined by another type of heavyweight last month when a life sized model gorilla turned up at the firm’s Torquay offices. The startling sight of managing partner Les Burnett and Head of Tax Steve Collins with the unique piece of three-dimensional…

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Torbay trails Exeter in Great Gorilla race!

Posted: 18/12/2012 Torbay trails Exeter in Great Gorilla race!

When it comes to giant gorillas, Exeter is beating Torbay. The Great Gorillas Project, marking Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday, is stimulating rivalry between Exeter and Torbay – and right now, Exeter is on top. Paignton Zoo has more than 20 corporate sponsors for its striking Great Gorillas…

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ZooVue helps Paignton Zoo celebrate 90 years with The Great Gorilla Project!

Posted: 08/12/2012 ZooVue helps Paignton Zoo celebrate 90 years with The Great Gorilla Project!

2013 sees Paignton Zoo reach its 90th anniversary and the zoo has chosen to celebrate by launching a project that will see life-size gorilla sculptures inhabit the streets of Paignton for 10 weeks throughout next summer. As part of a much wider campaign, the project will raise critical awareness of…

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Come paint a gorilla!

Posted: 05/11/2012 Come paint a gorilla!

Local artists are being offered the rare opportunity to paint a life-size gorilla.   The extraordinary prospect comes from The Great Gorillas Project, which is marking the 90th birthday of Paignton Zoo Environmental Park with a mix of community outreach and charity fundraising.   As part of…

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90 years old and still monkeying around

Posted: 02/11/2012 90 years old and still monkeying around

Torquay’s Cavanna Homes has jumped at the chance of sponsoring “The Great Gorilla Project”, part of Paignton Zoo’s 90th anniversary celebrations because the event coincides with the company’s own 90th birthday next year. The project launches on 23rd October and will culminate…

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Great Gorilla Project Launch

Posted: 25/10/2012

The launch of the Great Gorillas Project caught the imagination of the public and the media – here’s how ITV Westcountry covered the story - http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2012-10-23/gorillas-invade-torbay/

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Great Gorillas are go!

Posted: 10/10/2012 Great Gorillas are go!

The South West’s top zoo is celebrating its 90th birthday with an ambitious plan combining art, conservation and the community. The Great Gorillas Project will bring a host of life-size model gorillas out into the streets, parks and open spaces of the English Riviera and Exeter. The gorillas,…

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