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King Nyani-World’s largest bronze gorilla statue coming to Taronga Zoo

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King Nyani –World’s largest bronze gorilla statue coming to Taronga Zoo


The excitement mounts as the time draws near when the international icon for gorilla conservation will make his new home in one of Australia’s most famous zoos, Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

King Nyani first made headlines in August 2020 when he reclined his way into the hearts and minds of New Yorkers. At a whopping 30 feet in length, King Nyani is the largest gorilla statue in the world with an incredibly large call for action.

From international public artists, Gillie and Marc, King Nyani is spreading the important message of gorilla conservation around the world.

Gorillas are one of our closest relatives sharing 98% of our DNA. They share many of the same behaviours as humans such as laughter and sadness. But there may be only 1000 mountain gorillas left in the wild and fewer than 3800 eastern lowland gorillas. Humans are the reason why. Illegal poaching, war and deforestation are making it harder and harder for this beautiful animal to survive.

“On a trip to Uganda, we had the unbelievable privilege to meet a family of critically endangered mountain gorillas. We were bewitched by the incredible silverback, the head of the family, and his unforgettable love and kindness towards every member of his family,” shares Gillie.

Inspired by the classic movie King Kong, Gillie and Marc decided the story needed a major rewrite to share the truth.

“In the movie, Kong is seen as a ferocious beast. That was so far from our experience meeting the actual animals. We wanted to show the world that this great creature was really a pacifist who put family above all else,” shares Marc.

King Nyani gives an interactive experience unlike any other. With his hand large enough to fit 2-3 people, the public can get up close and personal with this gentle giant and fall in love with him. Taronga’s vision is to secure a shared future for wildlife and people. Sitting in the giant hand of King Nyani brings Taronga’s conservation message to life – the future is in our hands.

“We wanted to create a sculpture where the public could really get close to the silverback, both physically and emotionally. Being able to sit in his hand and look up into his gentle face we hope they will fall in love and join the movement to save the gorillas,” says Gillie.

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