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16 : 'Takamanda' by Designed by: Meriel Royal. Created by: Jelly Artist

Can be found at: 'The Forum, University of Exeter, Exeter'

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University of Exeter students were set the task of designing their very own Great Gorilla. The winning design was Meriel Royal’s globetrotter, inspired by the idea of the gorilla making stops around the world and collecting the stamps of other endangered animals before arriving in Devon.


Jelly lives and works in Devon. Painting from life and imagination, he is best known for subtly surreal landscapes that are rich with vegetation and often contain architectural fragments. Jelly is an honorary member of the SW Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, has exhibited widely and has work in collections at home and abroad.

University of Exeter

The Sunday Times University of the Year 2012-13, the University of Exeter is a Russell Group university and in the top one per cent of institutions globally. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 18,000 students who study across three campuses. The Streatham and St Luke’s campuses are in Exeter and the Cornwall Campus (known locally as the Tremough Campus) near Penryn.

Why did the University of Exeter want to be a part of The Great Gorillas Project?
“The University of Exeter has a keen interest in conservation and sustainability. We were therefore eager to support the Great Gorillas Project and Paignton Zoo with their 90th anniversary celebrations.”

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