Giraffe About Town: Edinburgh Zoo launches giraffe webcam to celebrate colourful art trail
Giraffe lovers, rejoice! The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has launched a new giraffe webcam to thank everyone who supported Edinburgh Zoo’s Giraffe About Town trail this summer.
This summer a herd of 42 charming giraffe sculptures were spread across the Capital, bringng joy and colour to the city’s streets.
The trail logged over 29 million steps exploring the city-wide herd of eight-foot-tall giraffe sculptures which will now go to auction to raise vital funds for the wildlife conservation charity.
The ‘giraffe cam’ live stream will give viewers the opportunity to see the zoo’s five Nubian giraffes from home, while also raising awareness of the threats faced by this critically endangered species in the wild.
Jonathan Appleyard, animal team leader at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “It has been fantastic to see just how much local people and tourists enjoyed our Giraffe About Town trail and we wanted to do something special to say thank you for the incredible support our charity has received.
“Giraffe cam is a live stream from one of our herd’s outdoor feeding areas, which will give everyone a unique perspective of Ronnie, Arrow, Gerald, Fennessy and Gilbert. Our other animal cameras are really popular, so it is great to be able to share something different.”
Ben Supple, director of engagement and business development at RZSS, said: “Giraffe About Town has been a wonderful way to encourage more people to explore our city after lockdown and celebrate the capital’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
“We are now looking forward to the auction, which will raise vital funds for our charity’s wildlife conservation work here in Scotland and around the world.”
The Giraffe About Town auction will be hosted by TV personality and renowned auctioneer Charles Hanson at the National Museum of Scotland on Tuesday, 4 October 2022. Would-be sculpture owners can also sign up online to bid for their favourite designs from further afield.
More information is available at giraffeabouttown.org.uk/auction