Our Bornean orangutans, Jazz, Sprout, Djimat and Benji are amazing ambassadors for their cousins in the wild, but how are we actually helping the critically endangered species here in Dudley?
Having just spent £500,000 on a brand new outdoor enclosure for our four orangutans, it's important we ensure that the significant financial investment into our onsite animal facilities also directly supports orangs in the wild.
We’ve pledged our financial backing to Sintang Orangutan Center (SOC) in Indonesia, which specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of these amazing animals, alongside raising awareness and educating local people in a bid to reduce deforestation and stop illegal poaching.
As part of our long-term commitment to SOC, we’re providing funding to allow the building of a second Forest School in Jerora, an area just over two kilometres away from Sintang.
Running alongside an already operational Forest School, this two-hectare jungle enclosure will allow around eight orangutans the chance to learn basic survival skills, such as climbing, foraging for food and nest building, before they’re released into protected wild forests.