Durrell gorillas: Statues moved after public go a little too wild
TWO gorilla statues – part of an Islandwide trail celebrating Durrell’s 60th anniversary – have had to be moved due to traffic concerns.
And people are being reminded not to climb on the Go Wild Gorilla sculptures to try to get the perfect picture because some have been damaged as a result.
Organisers are now appealing to people to take care on the trail, to adhere to parking rules and to look after the gorillas by not climbing on them.
A Durrell spokeswoman said: ‘People have not been able to resist the temptation to climb on the gorillas and there have been increasing reports of damage to the artwork and signage.’
Concerns have also been raised that people are causing traffic problems while visiting the gorillas, parking on yellow lines or putting themselves at risk by standing in the road to take photos.
Long John Silverback has been moved across the road to the pedestrian area at the Elizabeth Terminal to avoid people posing on the road.
And Jambo Sana has been moved from Grève de Lecq Barracks to the beach following reports that too many cars were accessing the barracks, where the National Trust is currently carrying out building work.
Organisers also said that the popularity of the Groovy Gorilla at Castle Green, in Gorey, has led to irresponsible parking nearby and the threat of fines for those found to be breaking traffic laws.
Durrell has reported more than 70,000 ‘unlocks’ of the sculptures on the Go Wild Gorillas app so far.
Beth Gallichan, Durrell’s fundraising manager, said: ‘We want people to take time to enjoy the gorilla sculptures and the nature in which they are placed, encouraging families and visitors to get outside and discover Jersey. Ideally, we hope that people will walk, cycle or use the bus and consider the important environmental message.
‘Those who join the trail are invited to take part in a nature connection survey which aims to make people aware of the environment around them and how it makes them feel. You can take part in the survey through the app on the Go Wild Gorillas website. It’s not only fun, it is a way to contribute to Durrell’s mission to create a wilder, healthier, more colourful world for future generations.’
Damaged gorillas should be reported by texting 07797 922776.