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GALLERY: Orangutan sculpture swings into zoo

GALLERY: Orangutan sculpture swings into zoo

Friday 31 July 2020

GALLERY: Orangutan sculpture swings into zoo


A life-size sculpture of a Sumatran orangutan has swung into the zoo.

The new face - inspired by Jersey Zoo resident Dagu - joined yesterday.

'Guarding Our Future', as the work has been named, has been approoriately placed next to Jersey Zoo's orangutan islands and overlooking the tamarin woods.

Created by Michael Gautron using corten steel and donated by David Williams.

We are very fortunate on this island to have one of the worlds most iconic conservation centres of excellence on our doorstep. Its nice to be able to help out in some small way, especially at a time when they need as much support as possible," the donor said.

Speaking after its unveiling yesterday by the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Stephen Dalton, Durrell CEO Dr Leslie Dickie commented: “People come to an appreciation of nature through different journeys and experiences. Beautiful and provocative art can reach people’s hearts and minds and make them consider our world from another perspective.

"This amazing sculpture is one such powerful piece of art and will have a permanent home here at Jersey Zoo, nestled next to the island home of our orangutan family. Made with exquisite detail, it is a testament to the skills of the artist Michael Gautron, and we truly thank David Williams for his kind donation of the sculpture to Durrell."

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