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Edinburgh Zoo announces city-wide sculpture trail

17/06/2021 in Edinburgh Zoo

More than 40 huge giraffe sculptures will take to the streets of Scotland’s capital next year when Edinburgh Zoo’s Giraffe About Town trail goes live in Summer 2022, from 1 July to 29 August. 

In partnership with Wild in Art, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) will display a herd of eight-foot-tall giraffe models across Edinburgh to help the city recover after lockdown and raise much needed funds for wildlife conservation. 

Each sculpture will be designed and decorated by artists and communities to create the large-scale public art event, which will celebrate Edinburgh’s extraordinary heritage and cultural diversity.  

David Field, RZSS chief executive, said, “Following a wonderful welcome for our real-life giraffes in their new hilltop home at Edinburgh Zoo, we now want to share these majestic giants with the city of Edinburgh and visitors from around the UK and the world, through a stunning, family- friendly art trail.

“After the immense challenges we have all faced over the last year, Giraffe About Town will help local people and tourists fall in love with Edinburgh all over again by encouraging them to get out about town and explore these beautiful sculptures, while at the same time supporting the recovery of our wildlife conservation charity.”

Ultimately, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital 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.

“Raising funds to continue our work is incredibly important and we have been touched by the support we have received from animal lovers who are passionate about protecting wildlife,” said Field.

“Giraffe About Town is one way we can say thank you and bring a feelgood factor back to Edinburgh with something truly special. It is also a really exciting opportunity for businesses, organisations, artists, schools and whole communities to get involved.”

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-founder of Wild in Art said, “We are delighted to be working with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland to create this art trail for Edinburgh. Our events are designed to bring the enjoyment of public art to everyone and we hope that businesses will recognize the cultural benefits of getting involved and sponsoring a giraffe as well as the positives for the local community. 

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh Frank Ross said, This imaginative art trail is sure to be a fantastic sight on the streets of the capital.  

It will offer family-friendly fun and can help us all reconnect with the city, while promoting climate conversations and supporting the arts, a sector which has been hugely impacted by the pandemic.  

This is an excellent way to get involved with a city-wide project that will support the zoo, the vital conservation work of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and, in turn, protect endangered species around the world. 

To celebrate the launch, Giraffe About Town supporting partner Flock Creative worked with Edinburgh College of Art graduate Carolina Haraki to paint the first sculpture with a bright, colourful design inspired by the colours of Victoria Street and blossoming flowers representing rebirth, regrowth and recovery for the capital.  

Potential sponsors for the project can find out more about how to get involved at  


Hi-res images are available at the following Dropbox link:  

Images are free to use but please credit RZSS. 

Notes to editors: 

  • The trail will take place around Edinburgh from 1 July – 29 August 2022 
  •  Wild in Art have facilitated similar trails around the city including the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail  
  •  Over 40 sculptures will be placed in iconic locations and hidden gems around the city for the family friendly event  
  • Money raised from the event will support Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS conservation work around the world  

Additional quote: 

Sophie Richards, Creative Director at Flock Creative, said, “As a talented, local graduate and passionate wildlife conservation supporter, Carolina was the perfect choice to paint the first Giraffe About Town sculpture. It was an honour to help bring her design to life. 

“Everyone at Flock Creative is incredibly excited to be part of this amazing project and I want to encourage as many local people, businesses and community groups to get involved as possible.  

“This is a really unique opportunity to get involved in a city-wide initiative that will also protect threatened species around the world by supporting the vital work of Edinburgh Zoo and RZSS to save animals from extinction.” 


About the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland                                                  

  • The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has protected threatened species in Scotland and around the world for over 100 years. As a leading conservation charity, we connect people to nature and safeguard wildlife across the globe.  
  • At Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, our diverse and dedicated teams care for almost 3,000 amazing animals and carry out cutting-edge science and research. The wild experts based in our zoos support an incredible range of projects and direct conservation action, from the highlands of Scotland to the wetlands of Brazil and rainforests of Uganda.   
  •  As our natural environment faces a biodiversity crisis, at RZSS we are inspiring and empowering communities to help save animals from extinction. Together we can restore the Scottish wildcat, ensure giraffes stay standing tall and so much more.  
  • For further information about RZSS conservation projects in Scotland and around the world, please visit 
  • Edinburgh Zoo Highland Wildlife Park are members of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA).  BIAZA represents its member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums. 

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About Wild in Art 

Wild in Art is the leading producer of spectacular public art events that entertain, enrich, inform and leave a lasting legacy. It brings together businesses and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of uniquely painted sculptures. 

Since 2008 Wild in Art has animated cities across the world including Manchester, Sydney, Auckland, Cape Town and São Paulo, and created trails for the London 2012 Olympics, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Historic Royal Palaces and Penguin Random House.  

Wild in Art events have: 

  • Enabled over £16m to be raised for charitable causes 
  • Injected £2.4m into local creative communities 
  • Engaged over 850,000 young people in learning programmes 
  • Helped millions of people of all ages to experience art in non-traditional settings | @wildinart | #wildinart 


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