Babbacombe Model Village is hosting a popularity contest – for small gorillas.

It’s all part of Paignton Zoo’s Great Gorillas Project. More than 20 gorilla models designed and created by schools from across the region will gather at the Model Village over half term.

Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite. The winning school will receive free visits to both Paignton Zoo and Babbacombe Model Village. Children will be allowed to vote for their own gorilla.

The model gorillas will be displayed in two locations – under the terrace in the 4D waiting area and in the activity cabin at the lower end of the park. They will be at the Model Village between Saturday 26th October and Sunday 3rd November. Voting will go on throughout that period.

Visitors will be able to vote for their favourite using a special voting slip which they will post in a ballot box in the shop.

The Great Gorillas Project is celebrating Paignton Zoo’s 90th birthday and raising funds for gorilla conservation and for Children’s Hospice South West. Life-size model gorillas were 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 Model Village, which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, recreated the trail in miniature around its world-famous landscaped grounds.

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