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Friday 14 August 2015

Zany Zebra's big reveal

Thanks to everyone that voted in our competition to name our zebra sculpture, which will be part of Marwell’s Zany Zebras public art extravaganza.

More than 470 votes were received across the ten shortlisted names; in third place was Horatio with 33 votes, in second place was Zebby Boo-Boos with 66 votes, and with a tremendous 298 votes was Sam.

Solent has joined the stampede to support Marwell’s Zany Zebras, helping to bring art to the streets and parks of Southampton. For the ‘mane’ event, Marwell’s Zany Zebras will gallop through the streets of the city for ten weeks during summer 2016, creating a fun, family friendly trail for all to enjoy.

The herd of sculptures will showcase artistic talent in the local area, highlight the plight of zebras in the wild and encourage visitors to experience Southampton. There will also be a trail of replica miniature Marwell Zany Zebras hidden throughout Marwell Zoo itself.

At the end of the summer exhibition, the large sculptures will be sold at auction to raise funds to conserve endangered Grevy’s zebras and support communities living in the arid rangelands of northern Kenya.

Watch this space for a further competition for students in the autumn to win the chance to design our zebra sculpture and give Sam some real character and personality.