Chilling prehistoric animals brought back to life

Mammoth figure

The mammoth returns - Credit: Kents Cavern

Six life-size Ice Age statues have landed at Torquay's Kents Cavern.

The caves have been inhabited by humankind and extinct Ice Age animals for almost half a million years. 
During Lockdown, the cave's Woodland Trail has been rejuvenated as home to six prehistoric animals: a woolly mammoth, cave bear, scimitar cat, wolf,  Irish elk and a wild horse. Bones and teeth from each have been found in the depths of the caves. 

Bear figure

Bear from the past - Credit: Kents Cavern


General manager James Hull said: “It’s taken five months from idea to installation, but we are so pleased. They look amazing. The statues were supplied by The Jolly Roger, a local company based in Bovey Tracey. Being able to support local businesses is important to us.

“This investment would not have been possible without the support from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund."

There are three new trail activities around the Woodland Trail -  the Prehistoric Animal Hunt, Palaeo Trail and Tribal Code Breakers.