23 Oct 2014

As we draw closer to the end of October we wanted to take some time out from applying fake tan, baking cakes and dancing along to ‘She’s An Ape not a Monkey‘ to say a big thank you to the amazing people who have/are supporting our Go Orange for Orangutans campaign.

Here at Chester Zoo we’ve been going orange in a number of different ways to help raise vital funds to restore tropical forests in Borneo.

Going totally orange

go totally orange

Ten members of staff volunteered to go TOTALLY orange! For every £100 raised another member of staff would commit to being spray tanned (using a company that uses only Certified Sustainable Palm Oil), including our Director General Mark Pilgrim.

We managed to smash our target of £1,000! Obviously people were quite eager to see their fellow colleagues turn a funny shade of orange!

The Great Chester Zoo Staff Bake Off

Chester Zoo staff channelled their inner Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to take part in our great bake off. There were three rounds: cupcakes, cookies/ biscuits and cakes.

All treats submitted were marked on appearance as well as taste and were then available for staff to try and make a donation. As you can see some of the entries were very creative and, you can take our word for it, they tasted delicious!

Go orange bake off cupcakes
Mint Chocolate Reforestation cupcakes – entry for the cupcake round

Go orange bake off biscuits
Go Orange Cookie Tree – winner of the cookies/ biscuit round

Go orange bake off cake
Lime and Pistachio Cake – winner of the cake round

Golf day

We held our first ever Go Orange for Orangutans golf day with our corporate supporters and suppliers competing to win some fantastic prizes. Overall we raised an amazing £10,000, which means we can plant 1000 trees in Borneo!

Go orange golf day


Staff from across the zoo showed their support for orangutans by dressing in as much orange as possible for the day. Some staff took it to the next level and had their face painted and hair sprayed orange too. This was a fun and simple way of raising money and awareness of the campaign.

Go Orange staff

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Staff go orange 3

Staff go orange 4

staff go orange 5

It doesn’t stop at the zoo either, you lot are wonderful and have been extremely busy…

Four year old Bradley was inspired to take part in Go Orange after visiting Chester Zoo and hearing how orangutan habitats are being destroyed at an alarming rate.

Bradley goes orange

Bradley raised a magnificent £60 by selling our Act for Wildlife wristbandsto his family, friends, neighbours and anyone else he met! Read more about Bradley’s efforts here.


Supporting our orangutan conservation project has never sounded so good –listen to and download the new tracks ‘She’s An Ape, Not A Monkey’ and‘The Song of the Apes’ by band Junebug, who are using their musical talents to raise money for our ape cousins. Look out for Junebug’s acoustic performance at Chester Zoo.

We would also like to say a massive thank you to:

Kings Meadow Primary School
The Church Hotel Pub
3rd Cheadle Heath Brownies
Reaseheath Conservation Society
Mid Cheshire College
University Academy Warrington
Coach House Chester
Sykes Cottages Ltd
Leah Woosey

And everyone who has helped us show why supporting orangutan conservation is so important by fundraising, wearing Go Orange wristbandsand taking your #orangutanselfieAFW

Together we CAN help save orangutans in the wild.Read more about where your donations will go here.

There’s still time to Go Orange for Orangutans too, so sign up today. Or if you’d like to make a donation towards protecting orangutans you can do so here.