The Zoo has launched the Project, which will raise funds for Gorilla preservation and a local community project, by placing business sponsored – life sized gorilla’s – painted in original designs by specially commissioned artists to create a unique art trail around Torbay and Exeter.
With 50 Gorillas due to go out at major landmarks and locations across the region the project aims to raise money to support Paignton Zoo’s continued Gorilla conservation work to help try to preserve Cross Rover Gorillas – of which fewer than 300 remain in the wild making it the most endangered African Ape – from extinction.
Plastic Surgeon – which specializes in repairing a wide range of damaged surfaces across the construction, housing, facilities management, leisure and insurance markets, as well for individual homeowners, saving surfaces from having to be ripped out and replaced – has pledged its support to the Project by becoming the ‘Official Gorilla Preservation Squad’ which will see members of its 100 strong team of specialist Finishers swing into action to effect repairs to any of the Gorillas that may become damaged throughout the year.
Paignton Zoo Director of Marketing & Development Pippa Craddock said: “We are really pleased to have Plastic Surgeon supporting the Project by becoming the official Gorilla Preservation Squad, using their skills and expertise to ensure we can keep the Gorilla sculptures in top condition and raise as much money as possible when they are placed out in public in the next few months.” “There is a great deal of time and work going into the designs and decorations of the Gorillas and the planning and delivery of the Project and we expect many thousands of people to visit them on the Art trail once it is fully launched. So to have a company like Plastic Surgeon to provide its skills and expertise to repair any damage that may occur is fantastic,” added Pippa.
With Paignton Zoo only 16 miles away from Plastic Surgeon’s Devon Headquarters, company MD Rob Mouser said the goals of the campaign struck a chord resulting in the company stepping forward with its support. “The whole ethos behind the Great Gorillas Project is one about preservation and conservation and in many ways that is reflected in what we do for our customers by ensuring damaged surfaces are repaired and not simply thrown away. The fact they will be out in the public domain in all weathers will expose them to the threat of possible damage and where this is the case we will be sending out our specially trained Finishers to repair them and keep them in situ,” said Rob.
Chris Garner, one of the south west team Finishers, checks out a gorilla.