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IN PICTURES: Eight-year-old creates ‘incredible’ drawings for Jersey Zoo

IN PICTURES: Eight-year-old creates ‘incredible’ drawings for Jersey Zoo

Monday 29 June 2020

IN PICTURES: Eight-year-old creates ‘incredible’ drawings for Jersey Zoo


A young artist has set herself the challenge of drawing 100 animal pictures to raise money for Jersey Zoo, after they appealed for help earlier this month.

Eight-year-old Nelly Craven created a fundraising page to share photos of her drawings and hoped to raise £500 for the charity after hearing that the zoo was in trouble.

So far she has drawn over 20 pictures and raised more than £1,800.

Speaking about the fundraising, Nelly said: "I never imagined I would raise so much money so I'm really happy and really thank everyone who supported me so far." 

Nelly shares her creations on her Facebook page Nelly-Draws4Durrell, which includes drawings of ‘Kamil and Kamila’ the camels, otters ‘taking a dip’ and George the gorilla.

She told Express that the challenge has been "lots of fun" and that she likes to take time to get the drawings right.

"I make mistakes and have to rub out a head or a leg and my hand hurts if I colour in lots, but I want to help Durrell and said I will do it – so I'm going to keep my word," she said. 

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Pictured: Eight-year-old Nelly Craven drawing one of her pictures to raise money for Jersey Zoo 

The team at Jersey Zoo said they have loved seeing her pictures and watching her amazing fundraising grow.

“Nelly’s drawings are just incredible and it’s such a fantastic challenge that she has set herself to draw 100 different animals.

“We hope that her passion and drive will inspire other people to set themselves fundraising challenges to show their love for Jersey Zoo.”

Speaking about her future plans, Nelly said: "I have ideas for my 100th drawing but I'm keeping it a secret and I have a lots more to do before then!" 

CLICK HERE to support Nelly's fundraising efforts for Jersey Zoo.

A selection of Nelly’s drawings…

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