30/04/2021

Zoo’s animal artwork winners celebrated across Bristol

​Two young artists have had their creations turned into giant adverts after winning a competition run by Bristol Zoological Society.

Five-year-old Stevie Pawley and Reggie Bickford, who is four, were selected as the winners of an appeal by the Society for youngsters to draw the animals they had missed at Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project during lockdown.

Reggie designed a friendly, multi-coloured giraffe inspired by Wild Place Project, while Stevie drew a selection of her favourite animals from Bristol Zoo Gardens, including giant tortoises, lions and penguins.

Now their artwork has been turned into eye-catching digital adverts for Bristol Zoo Gardens and its sister attraction, Wild Place Project.

Huge billboards displaying their work from May 3 can be seen alongside the M32 in Stapleton -- measuring more than 13 metres by three metres -- and on Gloucester Road -- more than six metres by three metres in size.

As well as seeing their creations on billboards, their artwork will also be showcased across the Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project websites and social media channels.

The winners and their families have also won tickets to go to Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, to visit the animals in their pictures as well as all the other species there.

Senior Marketing Manager, Emily Williamson, said: “We received some fantastic entries into this competition and choosing the winners was a difficult decision, but Reggie’s giraffe really stood out. We loved his friendly face and his cheerful colours. 

“Stevie’s entry was also brilliant and we particularly liked the range of animals she drew which really reflects the huge array of animals we have at Bristol Zoo Gardens. 

“We’re delighted to showcase their wonderful efforts, and those of many of the other amazing entries we received, on our social media channels.”

Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project are run by Bristol Zoological Society which is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at both zoos, but also its vital education and community outreach programme.

In March last year the Society launched the BZS Appeal to ensure the future of its work ‘saving wildlife together’ following the temporary closure of both its sites in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As school groups can now be welcomed back to both sites, the BZS Appeal will support the Education Bursary Fund to ensure schools and youth groups in disadvantaged areas are able to benefit from visiting Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project.

To find out more, or to make a donation, visit https://bristolzoo.org.uk/bzsappeal.

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