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

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

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

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

A major threat currently facing Orangutans 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. Orangutans 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 Orangutans to extinction, along with many other native species of Borneo and Sumatra.

Adult female Bornean orang utanHere at Twycross Zoo, we currently house four Bornean Orangutans. They are;

 
Batu, our big male. He is 27 years old and has lived at Twycross Zoo for 21 years, coming from Munster Zoo in 1995 as part of the European breeding programme. He is father to Molly.

Kibriah, our oldest female who is 39 years old. She was born at Twycross in 1977. She has had 3 offspring, including Maliku who is still here at Twycross Zoo.

Maliku, one of Kibriahs daughters who is 22 years old. She is the mother to Molly.

Molly, our youngest Orangutan at 5.5 years old. She was born here at the Zoo.

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 Orangutans 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 Friday 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