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Would you like an Orangutan with your noodles?

Collect stamps, adopt an Orangutan and gain a cuddly friend at Tampopo

Published on May 31st 2011.

Would you like an Orangutan with your noodles?

Orangutans are beautiful animals whose habitat is under constant threat as the Indonesian rainforests continue to be destroyed. Now the next generation can do their bit to help protect these great apes with the help of a new initiative at Tampopo.

Each time you visit a Tampopo restaurant your child can collect a stamp in their 'Orangutan Passport'. Fill your passport with six stamps and six stamps and Tampopo will pay for the first year of an 'Adopt an Orangutan' scheme on your child's behalf.

Your conservation-conscious kid will receive a cuddly Orangutan as a memento and an adoption certificate, while your support means that in Indonesia orphaned Orangutans can receive the care, treatment and love that they need to thrive.

Tampopo was founded by  Nick Jeffrey and David Fox, university friends who went travelling and fell in love with the flavours of Eastern cooking on their backpacking trips around East Asia. They set about bringing these flavours back to the UK and, after launching their first Tampopo restaurant  in Manchester's Albert Square in 1997, Jeffrey and Fox now have six sites which focus on offering fresh Eastern street food and noodle dishes in a relaxed and welcoming setting.

Jeffrey and Fox have attended cooking schools in Indonesia, the home of the Orangutan, so it's an area that's essential to the ethos of Tampopo cooking, making them a natural fit to help raise awareness of these endangered animals by launching the adopt an Orangutan programme - an idea that came from a member of staff and was enthusiastically  taken up.

By adopting an Orangutan, customers will help them to be cared for by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme's rescue centre in northern Sumatra, where the animals will receive the care, rehabilitation and essential survival skills which can enable them to return to the wild.

To take part in the programme simply take your kids to a Tampopo restaurant, tuck into some tasty noodles, OR a stir fry or a curry, get collecting stamps, and you could add an Orangutan to your collection of little monkeys...

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