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Bronze elephant calf gift to city of Chester

Bronze sculpture of elephant to be unveiled in Chester
The bronze sculpture is a symbol of the zoo's conservation breeding

A bronze elephant calf will take centre stage in Chester city later.

The 1m (3.3ft) high creation is a gift from Chester Zoo to illustrate and re-affirm its strong links with the historic city.

It mirrors the bronze elephant sculpture that resides near the main entrance of the 110-acre zoo.

Designed by Hampshire-based sculptor Annette Yarrow, it will be accepted Chester Renaissance and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

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Alasdair McNee, corporate director for Chester Zoo, said: "The bronze elephant at our main entrance has been a huge draw for visitors young and old and is a welcoming focal point in the zoo, a place for photographs to be taken and memories to be created.

"We wanted to bring some of that experience to the city centre and to demonstrate the strong links between Chester and its famous zoo.

"Visitors to the city will be able to enjoy the same experience and hopefully it will entice them to come and explore and experience the world-class zoo and conservation organisation on Chester's doorstep.

"Chester Zoo is a mix of conservation breeding but also a family day out and the elephant calf is symbolic of this."

Renowned sculptor Ms Yarrow, who also crafted the Zoo's bronze elephant, has drawn on her experience of growing up in India to create the new addition.

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