Some 18 staff from State Street in Jersey entered the gorilla enclosure at Durrell recently to help with the ambitious renovation plan for the area.
Equipped with paint brushes and paints and while the gorillas themselves were safely housed in the indoor enclosure for the day, the State Street volunteers were busy painting a four metre high enclosure wall, a job that took most of the day.
In advance of the painting project, the staff at State Street had organised fund raising events to pay for the materials needed for the ‘makeover’, while Durrell provided the equipment on the day.
When the renovation is complete, the revamped enclosure will include an elaborate new climbing structure as well as several new planted areas for the gorillas to explore.
Stephanie Moore, Corporate Relations at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, thanked the team for their hard work:
‘We are thrilled that State Street has been able to do this for the Trust. It’s a vital part of the improvement plan for the gorilla enclosure and we were overwhelmed by the fund raising efforts undertaken by the State Street employees even before they started on the painting itself. It is important that we provide a challenging and stimulating environment for our gorillas while improving the experience of the visiting public and State Street have really helped with this.’
Phil McGowan, Head of EMEA Private Equity & Real Estate Fund Services, State Street, said:
‘Durrell is something of a local institution and so when the opportunity to make a contribution arose, a number of staff volunteered their time to help. It fits well with our commitment to supporting the local community and we are delighted to have been a part of the project.’