Comedian, actor and broadcaster Bill Bailey is appealing to Britain’s animal lovers on behalf of Oxford-based Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) in a new online fundraising campaign in which he voices an animated orangutan called Armstrong.
The campaign – www.SaveArmstrong.com – has been set up to help create new homes for the critically-endangered Sumatran orangutan by backing a rainforest restoration project that has just planted its 1,000,000th tree.
Commenting on the cause as the charity’s patron, Bailey said: “The orangutan is such an amazing animal, a fantastic ambassador for the Sumatran rainforest. It really strikes a chord with people – they look so human in their facial expressions. Yet here it is, and here we are, in a situation where it could actually just blink out if we don’t do something about it.”
SOS and Bailey have launched the Save Armstrong campaign with a short and shareable animated film, created by German illustrator, Nils Camin, shown below:
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