Red heads go free on August 19th to celebrate World Orang utan Day!

Red hair is rare – and so are our orang utans!Adult male Bornean orang utan

In honour of our red haired ape friends, and to coincide with World Orang utan Day we are letting everyone who has red hair into Twycross Zoo FREE on Tuesday 19th August.

World Orang utan Day is celebrated internationally and aims to highlight the beauty of the orang utan and the dangers currently facing these apes in the wild.

A major threat currently facing orang utans is habitat loss as forests are turned into oil palm plantations. The unsustainable management of palm oil is responsible for the destruction and burning of thousands of kilometers of pristine rainforest. Orang utans are seen by oil palm farmers as pests and are either killed, or perish in the fires that are used to clear the forests to make way for oil palm plantations . This large-scale deforestation is pushing orang utans to extinction, along with many other native species of Borneo and Sumatra.

Adult female Bornean orang utanHere at Twycross Zoo we have four Bornean orang utans: male Batu, females Kibriah and Maliku, and three year old youngster Molly. Twycross Zoo supported the Orangutan Land Trust to upgrade facilities in the Nyaru Menteng Care Centre for rescued orang utans and to organise the release of rehabilitated orang utans.

We are currently working at the forefront of ape conservation, as partners of the United Nations Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP) to ensure the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat in both Asia and Africa. The number of orang utans in the wild has declined by 50% over the past 60 years according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and this rate of decline is expected to continue – so it is absolutely vital that we work with other organisations to ensure the conservation of these beautiful animals.

On Tuesday 19th August we will be letting anyone with red hair in for free – male, female, adult, child, strawberry blonde, auburn, fiery red, natural or dyed – it doesn’t matter. As long as you have red hair you can enjoy a free day out at Twycross Zoo! Our staff in the ticket booths will be issued with our special Twycross Zoo red headed colour scale too just to make sure!

Please note – we will be letting in people who have naturally red hair, or dyed hair for free. If you come wearing a wig you will have to pay the entrance fee.

Infant Bornean orang utan