London Zoo pays tribute to Eric Carle ahead of half-term Very Hungry Caterpillar themed event.
Gorillas at ZSL London Zoo are counting down to the arrival of a literary giant this weekend, as the Zoo prepares to bring the Very Hungry Caterpillar to life, during a week of half-term fun beginning Saturday 29 May.
In tribute to the renowned caterpillar’s creator, Eric Carle - who sadly passed away last Sunday - gorilla keepers introduced five-year-old Gernot and six-year-old Alika to the iconic fruit and vegetables the Very Hungry Caterpillar sampled in the famous children’s book, faithfully recreated in gorilla super-size, while scattering a few real snacks around for them to enjoy too.
ZSL London Zoo’s Chief Operating Officer Kathryn England said: “Eric Carle’s legacy will live on in his most famous and much-loved creation - and we hope our half-term Very Hungry Caterpillar event will now be a fitting tribute to him and his wonderful book, which children have enjoyed for decades.”
Zookeeper Jacob Winfield said: “Children who visit London Zoo this half-term will be able to take on their very own Very Hungry Caterpillar food challenge – we've created a mini assault course for youngsters, made of giant replica ‘fruit and veg’, which they can enjoy crawling through before metamorphosising into beautiful butterflies.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar famously has many fascinating friends, including The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, The Very Tiny Cricket and The Very Busy Spider, who will all be involved in London Zoo’s celebration of the beloved book – we think our ‘Very Playful Gorillas’ would be perfect new friends for everyone’s favourite ravenous, wriggly hero.”
Jacob added: “Alika and Gernot love investigating brightly coloured new things – and they’re the same age as some of our younger visitors, who will get the most out of the tributary activities this half-term.”