Jungle City

In Edinburgh at the moment we have a series of animal statues, each decorated by a different artist, somewhat like the cows one we had a few years back, except this time they are endangered species, part of the Jungle City scheme to highlight the plight of such endangered species and like the earlier cows statues this will go on around other world cities. The statues themselves will be auctioned (sadly I read today some mindless, vile fiends have stolen one but they had to damage it severely to remove it from its plinth) and there are smaller versions of them for sale too. Certainly been making me smile as I wander around town, snapped a bunch of them already, like this beautiful white tiger (with small rider complete with bowler hat and brolly!) right by the side of the National Gallery of Scotland on the Mound:

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This big cat is right by historic Saint Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile:

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And I love the tartan elephant on the Mound next to the National Gallery of Scotland the Royal Scottish Academy:

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And he has some nearby elephant companions:

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The decoration on this friendly orang-utan reminds me of a children’s picture book (especially Quentin Blake ones):

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This big cat is looking up at the Scott Monument:

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While on the other side of the Monument is this amazingly sparkly cat:

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From a distance I thought it was covered in glitter or something similar, but close up I realised it was covered entirely in very shiny one pence pieces. Here she is with Sir Walter Scott in the background:

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Must get some more pics, quite a few other to snap!