It’s International Orangutan Day and we’re raising awareness for these critically endangered great apes.
Rapid habitat loss, mainly due to palm oil plantations, as well as illegal poaching and hunting is pushing the primates to the brink of extinction.
Experts also claim this magnificent species could be wiped off the planet in the next 20 years.
Imagine a world without orangs…
Due to lockdown, we’ve had to delay some of our major site development, but we’re continuing to plough on our updated plans for a new outdoor enclosure for Bornean orangutans.
We’ve started rehoming several small primate species throughout the site in preparation of building a new enclosure for our new bush dogs where the vacated primate exhibits stood – with work expected to start by the end of the year.
The African wild dogs will then be moved to the bush dog enclosure, which will allow the construction of the large open area for the orangutans on the site where the wild currently reside.
We forecast the funding for each stage will be achievable as we work through the 12-month programme of construction, but this dependent on the site remaining open to visitors and that we’re not affected by any potential localised spike in covid infections.