The UK’s surface repair specialist Plastic Surgeon is going ape for charity. The company has pledged its expertise in support of Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday Great Gorillas Project.

Plastic Surgeon has set up the Gorilla Preservation Squad to care for the host of life-size fibre-glass gorillas spending the summer at major landmarks and locations across the region.

The model gorillas have been sponsored by businesses and community groups, painted in original designs by specially-commissioned artists and displayed in public, creating a unique art trail around Exeter and the English Riviera.

The project aims to raise money to support Cross River gorillas, of which fewer than 300 remain in the wild, making it the most endangered African ape.

Plastic Surgeon specializes in repairing a wide range of damaged surfaces across the construction, housing, facilities, management, leisure and hospitality markets, as well for homeowners, saving surfaces from having to be ripped out and replaced.

The firm has pledged its support for the project with the official Gorilla Preservation Squad, which will see members of its 100 strong team of specialist finishers swinging into action to effect repairs to any gorillas that may be damaged.

Paignton Zoo Director of Marketing & Development Pippa Craddock said: “We are really pleased to have Plastic Surgeon supporting the project - the official Gorilla Preservation Squad is providing skills and expertise to ensure we keep the gorilla sculptures in top condition and raise as much money as possible.

“A great deal of time and work has gone into the designs of the gorillas and the planning and delivery of the project. Many thousands of people are following the art trail. To have a company like Plastic Surgeon on hand to provide its skills and expertise is fantastic.”

With Paignton Zoo only 16 miles away from Plastic Surgeon’s Devon headquarters, company MD Rob Mouser said the goals of the campaign struck a real chord: “The whole ethos behind The Great Gorillas Project is one of preservation, and that’s reflected in what we do for our customers, ensuring damaged surfaces are repaired and not simply thrown away.

“The gorillas are out in public in all weathers, exposing them to the risk of damage. Whenever this happens we will send out the Gorilla Preservation Squad to repair them and keep them looking fantastic,” said Rob.

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