It’s the fourth year that Standard Bank has helped the global wildlife charity. Chief Executive Officer, Will Thorp joined 45 of his staff in creating eight new netted platforms for the apes to enjoy.
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Deputy Head of Mammals, Gordon Hunt, said “The orangs were very inquisitive, wanting to know who was in their enclosure and what they were doing. We are very grateful to the staff who volunteered their time to do this and for Standard Bank for supplying funding for the materials. This is not only valuable work which we simply don’t have the resources for, but as you can see from the video we took, the animals themselves are thoroughly enjoying having some new equipment in the enclosure to investigate.’
Orangutans share 97.6% of their DNA with humans. The Sumatran orangutan is critically endangered, a victim of the heavy de-forestation programme in their native land.
The footage is available to view on the Durrell Wildlife Trust's Facebook page:
Will Thorp, CEO, Standard Bank, Jersey said it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, ‘Knowing that we’re helping improve the living conditions of these magnificent animals an