a jungle out there!
UK kids brave the jungles of Borneo to save orang-utans with CBBC
and BBC Talent
kids from across the UK are the stars of Serious Jungle this Christmas
on CBBC on BBC ONE.
joint initiative with BBC Talent, the octet flew to the jungles
of Borneo to undertake a project to save the life of endangered
orang-utans in the area.
with Trekforce Expeditions, long-time organisers of tough rainforest
conservation expeditions, the intrepid team of boys and girls, with
ages ranging from 12 to 15, set off on their three-week adventure
in August of this year.
expedition was led by veteran Trekforce leader Bruce Parry together
with a team of experts including two medics.
an initial period of training and acclimatisation the team spent
the main part of the expedition living and working at the Sepilok
Orangutan Rehabilitation Reserve in East Sabah, building an impressive
feeding platform for use by the orang-utans at the centre.
feeding platform, situated 20 feet up an enormous dipterocarp tree,
was successfully completed, with the young volunteers having to
learn carpentry at the same time as basic safety rope work.
all at the same time as living in the forest, having to deal with
surviving in primary rainforest and being filmed.
expedition was supported by the Sepilok Orangutan Appeal, a UK charity
which sponsored the release of an orang-utan into the wild while
the expedition was running.
of the young team members, Laura Baker, 15, from Hertfordshire,
was able to accompany the animal by helicopter to its release point
deep in the Tabin Reserve in East Sabah.
was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids who were shortlisted
and selected from over 500 initial interviews," comments Nigel
Pickard, Controller, CBBC.
only will their involvement in this project make a difference and
give these incredible creatures a greater chance of survival but
along the way they learnt some incredible skills and gained some
expedition had the full backing of the Sabah Ministry of Wildlife
Jungle starts on CBBC on BBC ONE on 23 December 2002.
eight children were:
Laura Baker (14) from Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire
Hannah Davis (14) from Sidcup, Kent
Larry Downing (15) from Robertsbridge, East Sussex
Imogen Forbes (13) from London
Luke Gibson (14) from Basildon, Essex
Daniel Harrison (12) fro St Helens, Merseyside
JC Lee (14) from Nantwich, Cheshire
Susan Wokoma (14) from London