Halfway there!

We’re halfway to achieving our £800,000 target to build a new orangutan enclosure – but still need your help!

Less than two years after launching our ambitious appeal to build a separate outdoor environment for our four critically endangered Bornean orangs, we’ve hit the midway milestone reaching £412,041.

Zoo Director Derek Grove, said: “This is great news as we’re right on track with our fundraising efforts for work to begin in winter 2020 and by next year the zoo will also be in a position to put in the rest of the money.”

As well as individual visitor donations, we’ve been busy raising funds by allocating all income from purchases of zoo keeper days and animal encounters to the appeal, as well as selling exclusive merchandise in the Safari Shop, including a fabulous limited edition canvas of our orangutans, Benji, Jorong, Jazz and Sprout by award-winning artist David Skidmore and a gorgeous greetings card by Hannah Dale, founder of Wrendale Designs.

Visitors can also snap up a colourful appeal wristband or pin badge to show their support to the cause.

The outdoor extension, which will be shared with the lar gibbons, is expected to take up to six months to build and will see the wild dogs relocated on site and their paddock incorporated into the design.

The enclosure, which will be encompassed by a woven net, will also include telegraph poles, hammocks and ropes to encourage the arboreal primates to climb high.

Anyone wishing to donate towards the project can contact andrea.marketing@dudleyzoo.org.uk for more details, alternatively you can contribute via Justgiving by texting DZ0037 then the amount to 70070.
To purchase appeal merchandise from our online shop CLICK HERE.