World Orangutan Day: Saturday 19th August

Celebrate World Orangutan Day at Twycross Zoo – Red Heads Get in FREE

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 for FREE on Saturday 19th August.

World Orangutan Day is celebrated internationally and aims to highlight the beauty of the these amazing animals and the dangers currently facing them in the wild – mainly from habitat destruction.

Join us to celebrate orangutan conservation, and also see our new orang babies.

Also – why not bring your old mobile phones; we have a mobile phone recycling scheme – which helps with animal conservation.

Please be aware: large numbers are expected for this event – please leave plenty of time for your journey. We of course endeavour to get as many people into the zoo as quickly as possible if we’re busy. Thank you for your patience in advance. And – just to remind you – we open until 6pm so there’s plenty of time for you to enjoy your day.


  • Dates: Saturday 19th August 2017
  • Times: normal Zoo opening times: 10am – 6pm
  • Cost: FREE for red-heads to clarify – this is head on the top of your head: natural red-hair, dyed red hair or red wigs. For others it’s normal Zoo admission pay on the door, or save 5% by booking online > Book Twycross Zoo Tickets
  • Parking: Free
  • Pop Badge: yes, for members > Twycross Zoo Membership

Twycross Orangutans

We’ve had TWO new orangutan babies born here since march this year.

The youngest baby is just over a month old; born on the 16th June, to Kibriah, who celebrated her 40th birthday in January, this is her 6th baby.

Then the older baby boy; Basuki (meaning to flourish), is becoming more active and independent now. He was was born just a few months ago to Mum Maliku, who is 22 years old. She is also the mother to Molly – now 7.

And not forgetting Batu! He is our big male. He is 28 years old and has lived at Twycross Zoo for 22 years, coming from Munster Zoo in 1995 as part of the European breeding programme.


Why are these new babies so important?

These babies are an important part of the European Endangered Species Programme that aims to conserve healthy animal populations in captivity.

The iconic orangutan faces an uncertain future in the wild with the population numbers steadily plummeting and experts estimate the species could face extinction in the next 10 to 20 years.

Major threats to orangutans include habitat loss due to logging and the rapidly expanding palm oil industry.

Palm plants are a highly efficient source of vegetable oil, however many plantations have been developed by clearing primary rainforest, destroying the homes and food sources of the orangutans and many other species.

These poorly managed palm oil plantations are having a devastating effect on the wildlife and local people in these regions.

This large-scale deforestation is pushing Orangutans to extinction, along with many other native species of Borneo and Sumatra.Both orangutan species are classed as Critically Endangered on the

Something has to be done to save orangutans!

Join us for International Orangutan Day and learn more about orangutans and how you can help conservation efforts for this amazing ape and many other species.


Ape conservation

Twycross Zoo is  working at the forefront of ape conservation, as partner 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.


How can you help?

Whilst the red hair offer and the day is  fun for all, please remember this event, and similar that are organised all over the world, are deigned to help encourage the you to take action in preserving this amazing species.

The money you spend at Twycross Zoo, including; entry fees, gift shop items and animal adoption packages, allows us to invest in, and carry out, our all-important conservation work, including breeding of endangered species – not just here at the zoo, but around the world too.

Why not adopt one of our orangutans > adopt a Twycross Zoo animal

Purchase something from our gift shop >Twycross Zoo Gift Shop Online

Simply donate – visit us in Guest Services


More information

We expect to be very busy. Our busiest time will be from 10am to midday – remember we are open until 6pm, so you could come a little later and avoid the queues.

Red-head = this is hair on the top of your head: natural red-hair, dyed red hair or red wigs.


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Opening Times: 10am - 6pm