The Great Gorillas Schools Programme provided young people with a wonderful opportunity to get stuck into The Great Gorillas Project, showcasing their creativity through the design and production of original gorilla art pieces for both their schools and the community to enjoy.
School gorillas from Devon and Somerset joined the colourful Great Gorillas trail around the English Riviera and Exeter, displayed at indoor locations open to the general public. They were juvenile versions of The Great Gorilla Project life-size silverbacks.
Alongside their gorilla art works, students enjoyed gorilla themed lesson activities linked to the curriculum. From creating paper plate pictures of a gorilla’s dinner and matching noses to gorillas (each gorilla has its own unique nose shape which helps with identification!) to creative writing projects, gorilla behaviour studies and dramatic performances, schools channelled their students’ enthusiasm into a whole host of learning opportunities.
Following the summer trail, these juvenile gorillas gathered at Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay, to form a joint display during the autumn half term, giving people the opportunity to see any that they may have missed and to reacquaint them with those they had met already.
Meanwhile, young people, parents and school staff eagerly awaited the homecoming of their great ape creations at the end of the year, a lasting legacy of each school’s involvement in this celebration of conservation and collaboration.
Click here for the Schools' Gorilla Gallery.