BLACKPOOL pupils have gone ape for adopting an orangutan.
Youngsters at Roseacre Primary School were so touched by a presentation about deforestation and the implications for the orangutan in Borneo, they decided to adopt their own baby ape.
Alan Bennett, local biologist and wildlife photographer, visited the school to explain how the pupils could help the orangutan population following a three-week trip to Borneo.
Daniel Salmon, science co-ordinator for the South Shore school, said: “The children loved the presentation which Alan gave, it was very visual and helped them to understand deforestation.
“They are really excited about choosing their own orangutan to adopt. We’re going to run a competition to come up with a name.
“It’ll be great for the whole school as it fits in with different subjects such as science, geography and even literacy as they can write letters to the orangutan.”
Mr Bennett, who gives talks in schools across the county after living in Costa Rica for a year, said: “I was fortunate to visit the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre where the babies are brought and looked after – before being released into a safe forest.
“A UK charity funds much of the work done there – including providing a vet and other staff – and relies on donations to continue their valuable work.
“Adopting a baby orangutan is one way that people and schools can help.”
Anyone interested in adopting a baby orangutan can log on to www.oranutan-appeal.org.uk.