Pupils of All Saints Catholic Primary School showed their love for nature in recent documentary "Prince William: A Planet for Us All". The Eco Emeralds gave the Duke of Cambridge a tour of their "bug hotel" - which was aptly named Bugingham Palace - after their success in launching a national campaign to encourage all children to become Nature Guardians. The group of 7 to 11 year-olds launched the "Backyard Nature" campaign in 2018, which recognises that not all families are able to take action on today's environmental issues and therefore enables children from all backgrounds to get involved in biodiversity in their local communities. Since it's launch the campaign has gained over 11,000 Guardians.
Shortly after the documentary aired on ITV in September, Chester Zoo revealed that a Bornean orangutan had been born "by surprise" after it's mother Leia's pregnancy tests had come back negative. Bornean orangutans are critically endangered in the wild, with only 55,000 estimated to remain on the Asian island. The new arrival is Leia's second baby conceived as part of a breeding programme at the zoo. Previously the zoo has stated that such programmes may be in jeopardy because of funding issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In attempt to both reward the Eco Emeralds for their conscious environmental efforts made, and support the zoo to continue such programmes across the numerous endangered species homed at Chester, this page aims to raise funds to allow the pupils to visit the baby orangutan when safe and able to do so.
For more information on the Eco Emeralds' Backyard Nature campaign, please use the link below;
To watch the ITV documentary "Prince William: A Planet For Us All", please use the link below;
For more information on Chester Zoo's Conservation and Breeding Management programmes please use the link below;
*Any funds raised in excess of the amount required for the trip will be donated to the school to aid similar projects.