Orangutans go ape with GoPro

22 May 2015

As part of its new series of behind the scenes animal antics Blackpool Zoo has released footage of what happens when you place a GoPro camera in an indestructible box and give it to one of the world’s strongest and most intelligent primates.

Within minutes of 18-year-old orangutan Cherie getting her hands on it, the indestructible box proved it was anything but indestructible and the GoPro was whisked on a whistle stop tour of Orangutan Outlook!

Keepers eventually persuaded Cherie to swap the expensive camera for a banana and the resulting footage is amazing. To watch what happened please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLg4khLffes


Pictures show: Stills of the really wild GoPro footage

More information about Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo announced record figures for the ninth consecutive year in 2014 as it continued with investment in facilities and attractions, introduces new species and enjoys success in international breeding programmes for endangered animals.

Visitor numbers, school visits and memberships were all up 10 per cent, on the previous year, which all led to a 10 per cent rise in revenue.

Blackpool Zoo is owned by Parques Reunidos, the second largest European leisure parks operator and a leading world-wide player. The zoo is home to over 1,500 mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates set amidst thirty-two acres of mature woodland and lakes.
The zoo’s signature animals include elephants, giraffes, big cats, gorillas, orangutans, sea lions, primates, zebras and kangaroos. It is open every day of the year, apart from Christmas Day, from 10am.

For further information please contact:
Paula Holden or Abi Blundell at ICG on 01772 679383

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