NG Kids' orangutan competition winners

NG Kids' orangutan competition winners

Check out the winners from our awesome orangutan competition...

Together with our friends at the Orangutan Foundation, we asked you to put pen to paper and write us a creative story or poem focusing on The Orangutan's World - and you didn't disappoint!


Below you'll find our two winning entries and a list of our incredible runners up, all chosen by our extra-special judge, actress and orangutan supporter, Joanna Lumley.


There were some amazing prizes up for grabs, including theatre tickets, zoo tickets, vouchers and of course an Orangutan Foundation Junior Membership - congrats to our winners!

NG Kids' orangutan competition winners

The winning entries:


The Orangutan's World by Morgan Davidson (Winner - 6-9 year olds)


"Person of the forest", dependent on trees,

Carrying their babies 'til two or three. 

Incredible animals, they have such style

From Sumatra and Borneo, their only two Isles.


Camouflaged orange, like Autumn leaves,

They make new nests daily for sleeping in trees.

With flexible feet that work like hands,

And big toes holding their objects and branch.


Using tools to get food, honey, fruit and seeds,

Or termites from mounds, eggs and some leaves.

Making umbrellas from lovely large fronds,

Long arms great for swinging to travel along. 


Cracking nuts open with powerful jaws,

That carry things gently when swinging some more.

But humans are causing them terrible loss,

Cutting down trees and stealing their young.


By cutting down their trees they're left with no homes,

With no food to survive and nowhere to go.

We're killing them now by using lots of palm oil,

We need to be careful we don't kill them all.


They don't make good pets, leave their babies alone,

Stop draining their forests, stop burning their homes!

Surely what we are doing is wrong,

So now we must save them for future children.


The Orangutan's World by Eloise Blakey (Winner - 10-13 year olds)


Logging, clearing, chopping

No trees for me.

Fire, burning, smoking,

No place for me.

Palm oil plantations,

No food for me.

Poaching, hunting, killing, 

No peace for me

Sleeping, climbing, swinging,

No home for me.

Habitat disappearing,

No tree, no me. 


Well done to all our winners and runners-up!

6-9 year olds

1st place: Morgan Davidson

2nd place: Angeline Islam

3rd place: Toby Mawer


10-13 year olds

1st place: Eloise Blakey

2nd place: Jacob Bicker

3rd place: Orla Dalby

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