We’re delighted to reveal our Ape Awareness Day pulled in more than £500 to help great apes in the wild and our own at Dudley Zoo.
Half the £529.34 raised came from generous zoo supporters who bought key fobs of ape paintings created by four of our chimps.
Visitors also took part in raffles to win a hamper, a Go Ape! High ropes adventure voucher and four original chimp artworks and also had fun taking selfies in our Ape Awareness Day frame. The other half of the cash came from match-funding by the zoo.
The total will be shared equally between the Center for Great Apes in Florida, which provides sanctuary for chimps and orangs who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, and our own Bornean orang appeal.
Our £264.67 share will be put towards the planned £800,000 orangutan enclosure to create an entirely separate outdoor exhibit for our four great apes, Jorong, Benji, Jazz and Sprout.
Senior Primate Keeper Jodie Dryden said: “We are so grateful to everyone who supported us on our two fundraising stands.
“We met lots of lovely people who were both genuinely concerned about the plight of great apes in the wild and mad about the impressive artwork our talented chimps Mandy, Mali, Banika and Binti had created.”