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Edinburgh, West Princes Street Gardens, Wojtek The Soldier Bear Statue

Statue (21st Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, West Princes Street Gardens, Wojtek The Soldier Bear Statue

Classification Statue (21st Century)

Canmore ID 357109

Site Number NT27SE 6265

NGR NT 25031 73734

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Architecture Notes

The statue to Wojtek the Soldier Bear was erected in Princes Street Gardens by the Wojtek Memorial Trust. The bronze statue was sculpted by Alan Herriot and unveiled on the 7th November 2015. It memorialises a Syrian brown bear that was adopted as a cub by a group of Polish soldiers in WWII, and later travelled to Scotland with some of these soldiers. Wojtek lived with the soldiers at Winfield Aerodrome in Berwickshire, before ending his days in Edinburgh Zoo.


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