Jungle City invades Edinburgh city centre
We had previously reported on the Jungle City invading the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, but now they’ve invaded the city centre!
The animals have been relocated to various streets around town and will then regroup for one final gathering at the National Museum of Scotland, before being sold at auction in aid of the preservation of Asian elephants.
- There are 130 sculptures of mother and baby elephants, tigers, hornbills, crocodiles, orangutans and tigers. All have been creatively decorated by artists and celebrities.
They’re really easy to spot around town, but concentrated in Princes Street Gardens, St Andrew Square, Castle Street, Rose Street, The Mound and a few of the more ‘glam’ animals are housed in Harvey Nichols. They’ll be on the streets of Edinburgh for the next few weeks before they’re auctioned off for charity.
- Fifty of the sculptures can ‘talk’ and feature voiceovers by a number of celebrities including Andrea Corr, Dame Rula Lenska and Geri Halliwell. You will have the opportunity to use the audio guides to listen to the voices.
- The Jungle City concept is the brainchild of Elephant Family founder and conservationist Mark Shand
- The online auction will go live on 22nd September – please visit www.jungle-city.org for further details
- The auction will take place 29th September at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
NOTE – There is supposed to be a trail map available for purchase at Harvey Nichols so that you can go around town and mark off all of the animals as you spot them. At the time of writing this, the staff had no idea about anything like that for sale. We will endeavour to find out and update this article as soon as we have any more information. There is an interactive online version available now and a downloadble PDF.