Praise for the work of Bristol Zoo _ and its gorillas!
W HAT a breath of fresh air it was to see on a recent visit to the City of Bristol the streets have been dotted with life-sized gorilla sculptures to celebrate Bristol Zoo's 175th anniversary.
The colourful decorated gorilla sculptures by artists which are on show from July 4 for ten weeks in a project called Wow! Gorillas, which will also raise funds for gorilla conservation in Africa and Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal in Bristol, is out of this world and I'm sure for the thousands of visitors who visit the City of Bristol where Bristol's Zoo celebrate it's 175th anniversary it will be just what the doctor ordered.
Inspiration for these colourful characters comes from the Zoo's own Western Lowland gorillas a group of six who live together in the heart of Bristol on Gorilla Island.
I love them all especially Jock, a 34 stone Silverback. He has two 'wives' Romina and Salome both of whom have borne him children, a six year old daughter Nomoki and a son Komale, four.
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I must salute the Bristol's dedicated keepers who have done wonderful work in helping bring so much love and harmony to all the new juvenile gorillas. I've seen most of the Bristol Zoo's gorillas and they are full of beans.
I would like to say a happy birthday to Bristol Zoo and with more than 90 million visitors who have visited it over the years, Bristol Zoo is surely out of this world. To read how this haven has helped save 175 species from extinction and set up more than 30 international conservation programmes is absolutely out of this world.
I can still vividly remember as a child the great Johnny Morris on Animal Magic at Bristol Zoo when he mimicked all those animals it always brought a smile to my face as Terry Nutkins pointed out in his report Bristol Zoo is the modern day Noah's Ark .
I'm sure if Alfred the gorilla, who was the star of the zoo's show throughout the 1930s, could see how his descendants are being treated he would be very proud. So let's raise a glass or two to all those hardworking employees who look after the animals and run a successful visitor attraction to support it's education conservation work over the years.
Without them Bristol Zoo would not be the same.
Victoria Park Weston-super-Mare