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Students dressed as monkeys leap 15,000ft for a primate charity

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

  • A student is a flying monkey to raise money for the Wild Futures charity

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More than 25 students leapt out of a plane at 15,000 feet dressed as monkeys as part of a fundraising stunt for The Monkey Sanctuary near Looe.

The skydive, which took place earlier this month, raised £5000 for Wild Futures, the leading primate welfare charity in the UK.

One of the charity’s biggest projects is the sanctuary near Looe, which is a rescue and rehabilitation centre for ex-pet monkeys.

Sarah Bowman, Student Union President of Plymouth University said: “The sky dive was an absolutely incredible experience and one that I will never forget.

“It was a great opportunity to raise money for an amazing charity as well as overcome my fear of flying.

“I’m so proud of everyone that raised money for Wild Futures and of everyone that took part in the dive.”

Richard Cook, third year student studying Animal Behaviour and Welfare said: “The Flying Monkey Sky Dive was absolutely incredible and probably the best thing I've ever done.

“Seeing the sunset from 15,000ft and falling at 120mph was amazing. So so good. Everyone should sign up.”

Many of the monkeys that have been rescued by the charity suffer from severe physical and abnormal behavioural issues such as diabetes and self-harming, following their time kept as pets.

With 48 percent of primates facing extinction, Wild Futures is working towards the day when all monkeys are free from the threat of the pet trade, malnutrition, mental, physical and emotional suffering.

The charity will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014.

Hayley Dann of the charity said: “The amount of support we have received from the students at Plymouth University this year has been amazing.

“The Flying Monkey Sky Dive was a great day and the weather around the airfield held out for them as they all jumped.

“It was spectacular watching the 27 monkeys drop out of the sky with their parachutes behind them.

“It has been a great start to our 50th anniversary and we are very grateful for all the support we have received from Plymouth University.”

Wild Futures has a number of different events this year including a Wild Cycle on the 6th April. To find out more, please visit www.wildfutures.org/events or contact the Wild Futures fundraising team on fundraising@wildfutures.org or 0844 272 1271.

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