Marwell Zoo portrait celebrates arrival of 100 zebra sculptures

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CHILDREN visiting Marwell Zoo will leave amazed as a giant zany zebra portrait has been created in the grounds.

The sculpture has been made to celebrate the arrival of 100 education zebra sculptures.

They are for schools and youth groups who have signed up to the Marwell’s Zany Zebras education programme.

They will soon be decorating these white zebra sculptures with their best ‘zany’ designs ready for a spectacular trail around shops and businesses in Southampton next summer.

The giant zebra portrait on Marwell Zoo’s lawn was 28.5 metres in length and 33 metres high and stood alongside the zoo’s impressive Marwell Hall.

With help from HMS Collingwood, Marwell Staff used the 100 sculptures to create the white zebra stripes and some colourful stripes were also added.

The Marwell’s Zany Zebras team have been overwhelmed by the response to the education programme with 100 schools and community groups jumping at the chance to get involved with the South’s MANE event for 2016. Each will receive an Education toolkit designed to develop learning, and an Outreach visit from the Marwell’s Zany Zebras Education Ranger.

The zebra sculptures decorated by the schools and youth groups will complement the trail of large sculptures that will be displayed in Southampton city centre next summer. Businesses can sponsor these large sculptures and so far 29 organisations in the south have joined the stampede.

In addition to the trail in Southampton, the designs of the large sculptures will be replicated onto miniatures which will be hidden within Marwell Zoo itself.

Brought to you by the same team at Marwell behind the hugely successful Go! Rhinos of 2013, Marwell’s Zany Zebras promises to be even bigger and better! The Go! Rhinos trail was enjoyed by over 250,000 visitors and residents. The project ignited community spirit, showcased the city and put smiles of hundreds of thousands of faces

Kirstie Mathieson, Marwell’s Zany Zebras project manager said: “Our Marwell’s Zany Zebras project is a unique way to learn about Grevy’s zebras - it’s creative, interactive and fun. Once the trail goes live, hundreds of thousands of people will be able to enjoy the work that pupils have produced. We can’t wait to see what designs the schools and youth groups involved come up with.”

“From solicitors to shopping centres, sporting venues to theatres we have businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes joining Marwell’s Zany Zebras. We have 29 sponsors on board so far and we are expecting many more. The more sponsors there are the more sculptures there will be and the greater the trail and the bigger the spectacle. If your company’s not involved already I urge to join the stampede, it’s going to be wild!”

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