Why Am I Seeing Giraffes Around Edinburgh?

Submitted by edg on Wed, 6 Jul '22 11.28pm
Giraffe About Town - Skinny Malinky Long legs

If you are wondering why a herd of brightly coloured giraffes have popped up across Edinburgh, it's part of a conservation funding initiative by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's (RZSS). 

Over 40 eight-foot-tall giraffe sculptures in Edinburgh Zoo's Giraffe About Town trail have been erected in locations ranging from the St James Quarter to Bruntsfield Links

Alongside the main "tall trail" of 8-foot giraffes, a "wee herd" of 29 four-foot-tall giraffes can be found in city centre locations, libraries and other community spaces.

Each model has been individually designed by artists and communities in partnership with public art trail specialists Wild in Art and sponsored by local businesses and organisations.

The display opened on 1st July and will be on display until 29 August, when they will be brought together for a final farewell weekend at the zoo in September.

The sculptures will eventually be auctioned to raise funds for RZSS after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the closures of Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park for five months, costing the charity over £1.5 million. 

Ben Supple, director of engagement and business development at RZSS said, "It is so exciting to see our giraffe sculptures out in the wild after over a year of hard work and collaboration to bring this exciting free art trail to the people and streets of Edinburgh."

He added, "As well as raising funds for RZSS, we wanted to give back to the communities that helped us care for our amazing animals and keep our conservation work going when the zoo was closed. It has been incredible to see the support visitors, communities and businesses have given us."