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Edinburgh - It's A Jungle Out There

12 September 2011

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Street performers may have left Edinburgh's Royal Mile, but far wilder beasts have taken their place

The Barcode Tiger sculpture in Edinburgh The Barcode Tiger sculpture in Edinburgh

It's all part of Jungle City, a series of 150 eye-catchingly decorated sculptures. There are elephants to monkeys, crocodiles to toucans. The sculptures are individually hand painted and designed by an impressive troupe of artists. Their aim is to raise awareness of the conservation plight of these animals.

People’s Postcode Lottery has paired with charity partner WWF Scotland to sponsor one such tiger. The ‘Barcode Tiger’ is designed to mimic the tiger’s natural marking but also hints towards the inherent conflict between the natural and commercial world. The design aims to raise questions over the exploitation of natural and scarce resources for commercial gain. This would include the illegal trading of this heavily endangered species on the black market.

The tiger will be up for auction at the end of this month, with organisers hoping it will raise thousands of pounds for WWF. Find out more and see all the creations at