The year kicked off with a target of reaching €9999. This is no easy task, and our staff had fun exercising their brains for innovative ideas to raise awareness and funds.
Our various activities included the well attended ‘Saving Apes: Frontline Conservation’ event, ‘Ape Week’ at the zoo during the Easter week and our staff running as ‘gorillas and keepers’ in the BUPA Great Manchester Run.
One of the four pre-selected projects which the campaign raised money for was HUTAN’s Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme (KOCP), part of our Realm of the Red Ape Programme.
Last month, Roger Wilkinson, Head of Field Conservation and Research, collected a cheque on behalf of HUTAN at the close of the campaign at the EAZA annual conference in Montpellier.
All in all, the ape campaign this year was a huge success, raising awareness about threatened apes and inspiring people to spread the word about ape conservation.
THANK YOU to all who supported our events, and watch this space for information on the 2012 Southeast Asia campaign.
Photo: Scott Wilson, Conservation Officer, with the cheque from EAZA to HUTAN