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There's no monkeying about for Haverhill primary school pupils as they adopt two orangutans

A class of year one pupils at a Haverhill primary school have developed what started as a discovery during a maths lesson into the adoption of two orangutans.

Whilst learning about size in their maths lessons, the children in Cam class at Coupals Primary Academy were shocked to discover the size of an orangutan's hand in comparison to their own.

Intrigued, explained their class teacher, Philippa Sutton, the children went on to explore more facts about one of the most endangered animals in the world.

Pupils from Cam Class at Coupals Primary Academy with thank you letters from the WWF. Contributed picture
Pupils from Cam Class at Coupals Primary Academy with thank you letters from the WWF. Contributed picture

Miss Sutton added: "They watched the supermarket advert of the orangutan in the young girl's bedroom and began to explore the harmful impacts of non-sustainable palm oil on the rainforests and the impact this was having on the orangutans.

"Cam class decided that they wanted to do something to help the animals.

"The children set to work creating posters and writing letters to local supermarkets asking why they used palm oil in their products and whether they would consider removing it."

Miss Sutton continued: "Cam class decided that checking their parents' supermarket shopping for palm oil and telling them to put those products back, in addition to contacting the supermarkets was not enough."

They learned that £36 was needed to adopt one orangutan through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and then, deciding to hold a cake sale to raise funds, created posters and banners to advertise it and made cookies that they sold after school last Friday.

The adoption money is spent on protecting areas of the orangutans habitat, the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia, promoting sustainable palm oil and enabling local communities to manage protected areas

Miss Sutton said: "They are so proud to have raised an amazing total of £72. Enough to sponsor not just one, but two orangutans!

"Who knows what Cam class will get up to next, there's no stopping them."

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