After two weeks of “wild” entertainment, Shrewsbury’s very own wildlife reserve will be packed up this Friday 23rd February.

Wild Cop, brought to you by Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID), has been a roaring success with the public, and has attracted many people to the area during the half term period.

Six life-sized fiberglass animals including a bear, a gorilla, a lion, a zebra, a hippo and a baby elephant, were placed onto the closed section of the Wyle Cop road during a part road closure, as part of the DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival this month.

A vacant shop front was also transformed into a rainforest, providing entertainment for children, with free activity booklets that were available to pick up from shops on Wild Cop.

The event has prompted a fantastic response from the public, with #wildcop trending across all social media channels. The two week event was also featured on BBC Midlands Today, creating fantastic publicity for the area and its’ businesses.

If you haven’t visited already to get your photo with our wild animals, make sure you do so today! Free activity booklets are available to fill in while you are there, hand them into any participating shops for your chance to win £50 to spend on Wyle Cop.

If uploading a photo to social media, make sure to #wildcop and tag @originalshrewsbury

For more information about the DarwIN Festival, visit