Wow! Gorillas Education
Alongside the 61 large gorilla sculptures, designed by artists to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Bristol Zoo, a parallel education programme was launched to ensure some of Bristol’s youngest citizens had a place at the heart of this event.
The Wow! Gorilla education programme featured a Wild in Art designed mini-gorilla sculpture that together with an accompanying cross-curricular education resource enabled schools to deliver the most creative, inclusive and engaging learning experience possible. The pack was aimed at Key Stage 2 and 3 teachers and learners and was designed to provide a wealth of conservation themed, cross-cross curricular activities plus all the practical information necessary to make the entire process simple, inspirational and rewarding.
“This was a brilliant project and I commend all who brought it to life”
Sefton Park Infant and Junior School, Bristol
The education strand of Wow! Gorillas was designed to link strategically with the wider project. Thanks to the hard work of all the staff and children involved, plus the inspirational workshops delivered by Natasha Iannacone (Bristol Zoo’s ‘Wow! Gorillas Outreach Officer), 99 extraordinary mini gorillas joined their larger siblings on this spectacular, simian sculpture trail.
“Excellent and easy organization, children loved it, thanks”.
Year 4 Teacher, Redland Primary, Chippenham
Many teachers have commented how the schools programme has really helped engage and inspire students in both art and gorilla conservation and 96% of participating schools gave the overall Wow! Gorillas experience top scores of 4 or 5 (out of 5)!
“As we approach the end of the gorilla trail I would just like to say thank you so much for the interesting summer we have had exploring the Zoo and especially the Gorillas. Your visit here was wonderful and the children still look at the photos and talk about it. Once again thank you”.
Manager, Park Wall Mama Bear’s.
As a result of the schools programme, three quarters of participating schools and nurseries have taken positive action to support gorilla conservation, with 85% actively engaging in the Wow! Gorillas sculpture trail visiting some or all of the life-size and mini sculptures!
“This was a fantastic success in our opinion. Most of our boys went on the gorilla trail and encouraged others to do so. My family loved it – my 2 year old shouting ‘another one mummy!’ Please do it again!”
Teacher, QEH Junior School