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We are delighted to be the proud Presenting Partner of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, ‘Go Wild Gorillas’ wild in art project.

The Go Wild Gorilla programme’s focus on legacy, and protecting the natural environment for future generations, is incredibly important to us at Quilter Cheviot. As wealth managers, we obviously want to help protect and grow our clients’ wealth, some of whom we have been looking after for many decades. But we also want to use the power that gives us to protect and grow the natural wealth of our planet.” Tim Childe, Head of International & Jersey Office.

We’re eagerly anticipating the big reveal of our two artists Nicholas Romeril and Cliff Wright designs that we are certain will be very impressive.

Jersey Zoo has been home to western lowland gorillas for nearly 60 years. We have cared for three silverbacks and their families, and successfully bred over 20 individuals. As part of our commitment to the conservation of the species we bring gorilla rangers from Africa to Jersey each year to train with staff here.

The current zoo habitat boasts an extensive outside area where gorillas roam amongst natural vegetation. The indoor area, however, requires redevelopment. To celebrate 60 years of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust we have a bold and exciting plan for a major extension to the existing building, which will create:

  • Two new, large exhibition dens, quadrupling the size of the existing areas. The interiors will feature a ‘biofloor’ with natural features within.
  • An advanced, translucent roof that allows full natural daylight to flood in.
  • A row of smaller dens where we can manage animals at close quarters.
  • An additional, extensive outside area and bedroom dens, for their health and well being.
  • A stunning visitor interpretation area, where gorillas pass overhead.

Nick Romeril

"Go Wild Gorillas' is an exciting and fun community project to be involved in and a great honour to be selected. Durrell has been in Jersey for 60 years and I hope to help raise funds to build the new gorilla house, as well as help them celebrate their amazing contribution to endangered species from around the world"

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Cliff Wright

"For me it’s a very nostalgic re-connection with Jersey Zoo and the work of Gerald Durrell, as I was so fortunate to meet him during our collaboration on the well-known Andrex Puppy Books.  I am especially grateful to Quilter Cheviot for choosing my gorilla design and very excited to be working with them and to begin the painting process."

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Some of the gorillas

Badongo

Date of birth: 27 September 1999

Place of birth: Vallée des Singes Park, France

Bahasha

Date of birth: 23 April 1994

Place of birth: Melbourne Zoo, Australia

Hlala Kahilli

Date of birth: 23 January 1988

Place of birth: Jersey Zoo

Indigo

Date of birth: 27 September 2012

Place of birth: Jersey Zoo

Kishka

Date of birth: 9 November 1978

Place of birth: Howletts Wild Animal Park, UK