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Friday, 22 July 2016

Searching out Marwell's Zany Zebras

Last Saturday we finally started to see some of that elusive British summer and hasn't it been glorious? There's not much I love more than proper British sun, it just brings out the best in people, and we really don't need much of it to get a great feeling.

So to make the most of the sunshine myself and fellow blogger Alice and her fiance Arran took a stroll around Southampton on Marwell's Zany Zebra trail.
The trail is made up of 47 resin decorated zebras dotted around the city to create awareness for Marwell's conservation  effort for the Grevy Zebras. The zebras are sponsored by local businesses in the community and decorated by local artists in different themes, with some matched to the sponsor. The zebras follow the hugely successful Go Rhino! campaign that Marwell ran in 2013, where you can still see some of the Rhinos across the city after they were auctioned off (there's one at the Hythe Ferry Terminal in Town Quay).

We started off at Pitcher and Piano in Ocean Village to fuel up with brunch and begin our trail. The trail goes across the city from the marina, ending in Bedford Place with zebras inside Westquay Shopping Centre, and spaced around the Old Town District and Guildhall Square, and iconic city landmarks in between.

^^doesn't Alice look gorgeous?!?!^^

^^my partner in crime^^

^^I think this and Glitter Fish (Zebra with Alice above) are my faves^^

We managed about three quarters of the trail in one afternoon with a couple of pit stops for ice cream at Mayflower Park.

The trail runs from the 16th July for 10 weeks where the entire collection will be moved to the Ageas Bowl for auction to raise money for Marwell's Conservation Fund. You can see photos of the collection and speak to the team at their pop-up store in the Marlands Shopping Centre. And you can continue your search for zebras at Marwell with their miniature zebras which are hidden across the park. More information here.

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