Minister Varadkar with Mary Powys and Derek Dillon of Jungle City. Pic: Dermot Sullivan

FROM this week Clonakilty will be transformed into a jungle with the only exhibition of its kind in the world ‘Jungle City’.

A collection of 30 life-sized, brightly painted animal sculptures has been permanently installed in every nook and cranny of the town.

The launch at Inchydoney. Pic: Dermot Sullivan

Visitors to Clon are set for a wild and colourful jungle experience with elements of adventure, art, conservation and fun.

Jungle City is a unique attraction brought to Clonakilty in partnership with local charity Sustainable Clonakilty and conservation NGO Elephant Family.

Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar visited Clonakilty to unveil one of the sculptures. “This is a great idea to boost tourism in Clonakilty, and to encourage families to visit. The Jungle City initiative is fun, it’s free and it’s colourful.

|People are always looking for new ways to help the economy and boost tourism, and this is a truly innovative approach.

“I hope that Jungle City gets people talking about Clonakilty, and better still, persuades them to visit and find out more.
“I visited the town shortly after the recent flooding. I was impressed by the determination of the community and local businesses to get back to business, immediately after the incident,” he said.

The exhibition features route maps and talking animals via a downloadable app. Miniature versions of the animals will be available for families to decorate in the Jungle City pop up shop in the centre of town.

Jungle City is the brainchild of conservation charity ‘Elephant Family’. Local charity partner, Sustainable Clonakilty has joined forces to create awareness for sustainable living and what can be done in our own neighbourhoods to save energy and help the planet thus protecting wildlife habitats around the world.

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