"Bristol Zoo has two giant stag beetle sculptures as a new addition to its popular gardens.
The Clifton-based attraction commissioned Bristol Sculptor Julian P. Warren to create the insects – called Ying and Yang – for the gardens.
At eleven feet long each jet black, the artwork was moved from their temporary home in Redland to encourage more people to visit the zoo’s Bug World section."
"The harmless stag beetles are most often found in the southern and central areas of Britain, including Bristol.
When the sculptures were on Julians front lawn awaiting transport to the Zoo an elderly lady enquired are those’ life-size’, she was assured that if they were panic might ensue! Zoo spokeswoman Caroline Badminton said; “In recent years their numbers have been declining and they are now nationally scarce. Their decline can be traced to the loss of broad-leaved woodland and parkland through clear-felling and replacement with conifers."
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