Friday, August 23, 2019 - 16:00

A unique “meet and greet” experience with a lifelike mountain gorilla is being offered as a competition prize to mark the final week of the Eden Project’s ground-breaking summer programme, Earth Story.

The competition, being run through Eden’s Facebook page, will give one lucky winner the chance to get up close and personal with Gerald the gorilla, the star of Earth Story, on Saturday August 31. The prize also includes two family tickets to Eden, enabling the winner’s family and friends to join in on the fun.

In order to take part in the competition, entrants need to visit Eden’s official Facebook page and comment on the competition post, stating who they would take with them on this exciting experience.

The winner of the competition will be greeted by Gerald’s keeper and be taken to the Eden Base Camp before Eden opens to the public. They will also be treated to ice cream and will be able to enjoy a full day at the attraction.

Emma Evans, the Eden Project’s Marketing Director, said: “Our incredible lifelike gorilla has proven to be a big hit with our visitors this summer and has been an iconic symbol of the important messages of biodiversity and extinction that are fundamental to Earth Story. It’s been wonderful to see adults and children alike be captivated by his appearances and listening to the important messages from his story.

“We wanted to celebrate the success of Earth Story and what better way to do that than give one of our lucky visitors an opportunity they will never forget.”

As Eden’s summer programme enters its final week, it is the last chance for visitors to marvel at the magical Cabinets of Consequence, a stunning showcase of the intricate web of life that connects us all, and come face to face with a giant armadillo in the Lost Giants Safari, an incredible Virtual Reality Zone.

Exploring Wild Britain, they will discover the forgotten animals that roamed freely around our landscapes in the past – and find out about some that are making a comeback.

Children will also enjoy clambering through the tunnels and nets of our Mini-Beast Mansion, allowing visitors to see the world from a new perspective.

Visitors can hear about the plants and animals on the brink of being lost forever, and be inspired by people and projects from around the world that are working to save them.

Families can take on the Beach Clean Up challenge to uncover what might be lurking in the sand, follow a trail to discover weird and wonderful plants and animals from across the globe, and join the Eden storytellers for a trip to a very unusual Library.

The direct link to the competition post is

Eden’s Earth Story summer event ends on Tuesday September 3.

For more information on Earth Story, visit For full terms and conditions for the competition, see