Janya the Little Elephant, Chester

Janya the Little Elephant, Chester
Janya the Little Elephant


Janya the Little Elephant, Chester.

This baby Indian elephant sculpture was a gift from Chester Zoo to the people of Chester.

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The popular bronze sculpture by Annette Jarrow stands outside Chester Cathedral, opposite the Town Hall and the tourist information office.

A nearby plaque states that the gift from Chester Zoo is “to celebrate the strong friendship between the Zoo and the city. Janya means ‘Life’ in Hindi. It symbolises the Zoo’s global role in wildlife conservation. She was created in 2010 by the sculptress Annette Yarrow, who grew up in India in the 1930s and 40s. There is a sculpture of another one-year-old elephant by Annette at Chester Zoo along with a herd of living Indian elephants.
Annette’s sculpture is remarkably lifelike. It benefits from her first-hand experience of elephants. Inside nearby Chester Cathedral there is a 14th Century wooden carving of an elephant and castle on a bench-end in the Quire. However, the medieval craftsman would never have seen
a real elephant so it has a rather strange body… and hooves! “

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