Tortoise Takeover Auction

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On 21 September, all giant tortoise sculptures will go under the hammer at The Royal Yacht Hotel at the much-anticipated Tortoise Takeover auction with celebrity auctioneer Charles Hanson. 

There will also be a live online auction running in sync with the ‘in the room’ bids meaning you can get your hands on a tortoise sculpture from wherever you are in the world. 

The auction is to raise vital funds to help build a new Tropical House at Jersey Zoo. The Reptile and Amphibian House at Jersey Zoo is home to some of the most endangered species that Durrell works with, but is in urgent need of improved and more sustainable facilities. 

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Your chance to own one of the giant tortoise sculptures! 

Online bidding begins on 1 August and continues until the live auction on 21 September.

If you are interested in attending the in-person auction and are wanting to bid, please email


To bid online please register here.