Scent-sational fundraising!

We’re saying a huge THANK YOU to kindhearted pupils at a Dudley primary school who carried out some scent-sational fundraising for our Orangutan Appeal.

The crafty seven and eight year-old children in Owls class at Woodsetton School made lavender scented hearts from recycled materials, which they sold for 50p each, during a recent Recycling Day.

Class Teacher Gemma Lewis suggested sending the £31 proceeds to our appeal after reading all about our efforts to raise £800,000 to build a new outdoor enclosure for our four critically endangered Bornean Orangutans.

Gemma, pictured alongside Keeper Deb Pittaway and Jorong said: “Our topic was Eco Warriors and we learnt all about the palm oil industry and the destruction of the orangutans’ habitat. I saw your project on Facebook and the children agreed this would be the perfect place to donate our money.”

We’re currently around the halfway point in our appeal and are steadily heading towards the £500,000 mark, with work expected to begin in winter 2020 when the zoo will be in a position to add the rest of the required funds.

Zoo Director Derek Grove said: “We’re so grateful to all the children in Owls class for thinking of our orangutans and donating their money to our appeal as every penny raised really does make a difference.”

Anyone who wishes to raise funds or donate to this project can contact andrea.marketing@dudleyzoo.org.uk for more details.