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.
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.
Rachael and Phillippa Corcutt
Hannah Jayne Lewin
Louise Le Luyer
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.
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.