This little chap lost his stripes and joined the ‘Zany Zebra’ stampede thundering through the streets and parks of Southampton this summer.
He is one of 47 sculptures sponsored by local businesses and organisations that represent the ‘Grevy Zebra’ that lives in Kenya and is under severe threat of extinction as there are fewer left living wild than there are of black rhinos of which there are approximately 5000 left.
Marwell Zoo is organising events throughout the summer to raise funds to pay towards community based projects in Kenya to aid the conservation of this species. The installations around the City will be herded together in late September and auctioned to raise further funds for the project.
Sadly one Zany Zebra has already been rustled away from its plinth but due to the diligent work of the local community and police force has since been recovered without any ransom being paid.
So, behind the fun of the bright colours and going zebra hunting in Southampton on a summer’s afternoon there is a very serious message that Marwell Zoo are trying to get across to the public as they did in 2013 with their ‘Go;Rhino’ campaign.
This little fellow was standing patiently outside the central library and art gallery. A local who had possibly had too much substance induced stimulation was having a slight problem assimilating what he was looking at as he sat on the edge of the fountain.