Edinburgh schools asked to stick their neck out for wildlife conservation

Giraffe About Town School programme launch at Corstorphine Primary with p3b students Elouise, Holly, Jack and Kayal

Schools across Edinburgh are being asked to get creative in support of wildlife conservation with the launch of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Giraffe About Town school programme, sponsored by Essential Edinburgh.

As part of the public art trail coming to the capital’s streets this summer, a ‘wee herd’ of twenty giraffes will form a mini trail in Essential Edinburgh stores and locations. Each four-foot-tall sculpture will be designed and decorated by local school pupils, with applications for designs open until Friday 11 March.

The digital school programme will be available for free online, teaching the next generation the importance of wildlife conservation in Scotland and around the world, inspiring children to connect with nature and protect threatened species.

Beccy Angus, head of discovery and learning at RZSS said, “We want school pupils to get together and go head and shoulders above the rest to help celebrate them, their school and its history, with bright and colourful designs.

“Our incredible wee herd trail will be displayed in Essential Edinburgh locations across the capital for two months this summer, highlighting the importance of young people and their contribution to our wild world.”

Sponsors of the school programme, Essential Edinburgh CEO Roddy Smith, said, “Essential Edinburgh is delighted to be a partner to the hugely exciting Giraffe About Town creative trail. It will be fantastic to see the sculpture all around our wonderful city this summer, as well as contributing to the vital work of supporting wildlife preservation.

“We are very pleased to be able to support the school programme and are looking forward to seeing the finished sculptures come to life.

“I am sure they will generate huge interest and we look forward to welcoming families paying the ‘wee herd’ a visit, and all residents and visitors following the trail through the city centre.”

City of Edinburgh council schools can find out more about getting involved in Giraffe About Town and submitting their design application at giraffeabouttown.org.uk/schools.

In addition to the wee herd, RZSS, in partnership with Wild in Art, will display a herd of more than 40 eight-foot-tall giraffe models across Scotland’s capital this summer to help the city recover after lockdown and raise much needed funds for wildlife conservation.

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