I’ve just recieved a couple of photos of Hati, my orangutan sculpture for Jungle City, from Helen Buckland, director of the Sumatran Orangutan Society. Helen recently went to visit her in her new location, St Andrews Square, Edinburgh.
She looks like she is enjoying her temporary home! With a backdrop of Melville Monument in the beautiful St Andrews Square gardens, and Harvey Nichols, Hati and her other jungle friends have been drawing in the crowds, and raising awareness of conservation charity Elephant Family and partner Sumatran Orangutan Society.
Sculptures of orangutans, elephants, tigers, crocodiles and hornbills are currently on display all over Edinburgh.
“The sounds of the city have been replaced with the trumpeting of elephants, birdsong and monkey chatter. Park benches, fountains, pavements and parks become perches, watering holes, hunting and grazing grounds.” – Jungle City.
There are open-top safari jeeps on hand to help tourists and residents spot the wildlife!
The 130 endangered animal sculptures will act as ambassadors for their species. They aim to raise over £1million rapid action funds for their wild relatives back home in the jungles of Asia, and give them a fighting chance of survival.
Between the 23rd of September and and 2nd October, the Jungle City creatures will be auctioned on e-bay. Members of the public will be able to place bids via www.ebay.co.uk/junglecity. Miniature figures and the official Jungle City book are also available to buy.