UK Zoo Offers Free Admission To Red-Haired Visitors

Open Jaw

An English zoo is waiving its entrance fee to visitors with red hair this Friday but it’s not in celebration of redheads, an often maligned group in the UK.

No, the ‘gingers’ will receive free admission in honour of World Orangutan Day. Uh, thanks, I think.

The event aims to raise awareness of the dangers the red-haired ape faces in the wild, where they are often viewed as pests by palm oil farmers and are on the verge of extinction. The animals are either killed by farmers or left to die in forest fires used to clear the ground for plantations.

Twycross Zoo has four Bornean orangutans, a male called Batu, along with three females, Kibriah, Maliku and Molly, who were all born at the zoo.

The zoo is a partner with the United Nations Great Ape Survival Partnership.

Entrance staff will check hair colour against a colour scale to determine whether visitors with 'borderline' red hair can get in for free or not.

A spokesman said: "We will be letting anyone with red hair in for free - male, female, adult, child, strawberry blonde, auburn, fiery red, natural or dyed - it does not matter.”

"However, if you come in wearing a wig you will have to pay the entrance fee."    

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