Gorillas at Bristol Zoo are doing something millions of people across the UK do every year – use Rightmove to help them move home.
Rightmove have partnered with Bristol Zoo, a conservation and education charity, to help raise awareness and funding to re-house the zoo’s family of Gorillas.
As part of the campaign Rightmove have listed the Gorilla house on Rightmove and launched a viral video imagining what it would be like for an estate agent to take on the sale of a Gorilla’s home.
The gorillas, like many other home-movers in the current property market, are looking to trade-up due to an expanding family. Silverback and head of the family, Jock, welcomed the arrival of new baby boy Kukeña in September last year, and the zoo’s other youngsters Namoki, Komale and Kera are starting to need their own space. The listing gives details of the property’s key features, many of which are very rare on the property market, including:
- All bedrooms en-suite
- Unusual neighbours including penguins and hippos
- Free food and cleaning service provided
- Large outdoor space including climbing frame, stream, moat and rope swings
Rightmove director Miles Shipside comments: “We’ve had a range of interesting properties listed on Rightmove over the years but this one must be king of jungle when it comes to the strangest. In many ways it is not too dissimilar to the million or so properties we have on our site at any one time and highlights some desirable features such large outdoor space, water features and Grade 2 listed status. Being on Rightmove helps thousands of sellers every year and we’re hopeful that listing the gorilla’s house on our site will raise awareness for their home-moving plans.”
Bristol Zoo is soon to begin work upgrading the gorillas’ accommodation and has partnered with Rightmove to raise awareness for the project. Bristol Zoo is a conservation and education charity and is looking to raise funds towards the gorillas’ new home. As part of the campaign Rightmove and Bristol Zoo have even launched a video imagining what it would be like for an estate agent to take on the sale of the gorillas’ home.
John Partridge, Senior Curator of Animals at Bristol Zoo, said: “The refurbished gorilla house will offer an exciting, bigger space for the gorillas and will give our keepers and veterinary staff much greater flexibility in their day-to-day management and care of the group. This will, in turn, further improve the level of care and welfare we give our gorillas and will allow us to house a greater number of them in future.”
He added: “We have a growing gorilla family at Bristol Zoo, most recently with the birth of baby Kukeña in September 2011, and we would like the family to grow even more in the future. To do this, we want the indoor accommodation to be the best it possibly can be, so we are expanding the indoor gorilla enclosure, taking over the whole Grade II listed building which, until recently, also housed the Zoo’s okapis.”
Suzanne Robinson, Bristol Zoo Fundraiser, added: “As registered charity, the Zoo relies entirely on the support of our visitors and donors. Every penny really does make a difference and our gorilla house project offers a tangible way to make a long lasting contribution towards gorilla conservation.”
Donations are being accepted for the Bristol Zoo’s gorilla house project. You can join the text campaign: Text ‘ZOO APE £5’ to 70444 to donate £5 (plus your operator’s standard network charge). Bristol Zoo receives 100 per cent of your donation. Don’t forget to obtain the bill payer’s permission. You can also donate online here, by post or in person at the Zoo.