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Paignton Zoo
Duchess Memorial

Duchess Memorial

Why we need your help

Following the death of Duchess our African elephant last month, we’ve decided to commission a memorial artwork to remember her by. Duchess had been with us for over 40 years and hundreds of thousands of people were fortunate to encounter her at the zoo, many being charmed and inspired by her.

Following the enormous and heartfelt response we have received over the past few weeks, we have been thinking about how we can remember our majestic zoo matriarch. Therefore, we’ve decided to commission a permanent memorial artwork.

From today, we’re inviting artists to submit their ideas for any possible designs they may have. We’re putting together a panel of key people, including keepers who knew Duchess better than anyone, to choose a suitable design for the memorial following the submissions. 

This public crowdfunding campaign for the memorial has been launched today (on Monday 12th August which marks World Elephant Day), so that you can contribute to and feel part of this special, commemorative project. 

If we raise more money than we need for the memorial, the extra funds will go directly towards to our forest elephant conservation project in Nigeria, where this elusive species roams the Omo Forest Reserve. 

We feel that art is a wonderful way to remember Duchess and would like to thank you all again for your ongoing support and any kind donations.


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