Tortoise Takeover

1 July 23  – 31 August 23
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Tortoise Takeover was our second event in partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, after the huge success of Go Wild Gorillas in 2019, which raised £1,146,500 for the organisation.

The trail debuted a brand new Wild in Art sculpture, the Giant Tortoise, and it inspired Islanders and visitors to explore Jersey and connect with nature.

The charismatic creatures took over the island during the summer of 2023 as ambassadors for the work that Durrell undertakes with reptiles across the globe. Money fundraised from the event will go towards the building of a new Tropical House which will provide improved and sustainable facilities for some of the most endangered species that Durrell works with.

A group of smaller Tortoises, painted by local schools and community groups, were also on display before being gifted back to their respective schools.

At a thrilling auction, the sculptures raised an enormous £720,500 for Durrell. The night also saw a new record for a Wild in Art sculpture sale, when the special Hare sculpture Love to Run sold for a ‘hare-raising’ £100,000.

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An incredible £720,500

was raised through the sale of the Tortoise and Hare sculptures for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the building of their new Tropical House for endangered reptiles and amphibians.

Participating Artists

Layla Arthur
The Beach
Will Bertram
Miranda Bonn
Amy Bourbon
Erin Brown
Jill Busby
Katherine Cadin
Zoe Connery
Shirley Copperwhite
Rachael and Phillippa Corcutt
Marcus Davies
Sasha DeWitt
Lucy Fleming
Lucy Griffiths

Olivia Grimes
Katie Gurren
Rachel Hall
Annabel Hitchmough
Amy Jackson
Hannah Jayne Lewin
Louise Le Luyer
Lisa MacDonald
Marnie Maurri
Rosie Meredith
Cheryl Muir
Donna Newman

Jamie O’Neill
Abi Overland
Caroline Parrott
Jen Parker
Jess Perrin
Lauren Radley
Ben Robertson
Ian Rolls
Nick Romeril
Stuart Semple
Gabriella Street
Tim Sutcliffe
Marta Zubieta

Most Voted For


App players voted Michelangelo by Healing Waves their favourite Tortoise Takeover sculpture.

Brought to life for Healing Waves by PTF Motion, this design was a nod to one of the iconic sewer-surfing, pizza-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

About Durrell

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international charity working to save species from extinction. Headquartered at Jersey Zoo in the Channel Islands, Durrell focuses on the most threatened species in the most threatened places. 

Established by author and conservationist Gerald Durrell in 1959, Durrell’s overall aim is for more diverse, beautiful and resilient natural landscapes in which species can thrive and people can enjoy a deeper connection with nature. Their approach concentrates on the rewilding of animals, the rewilding of ecosystems and the rewilding of people.

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