Via the Daily Post:
Familyâ€™s cash aid for zoo is a tribute to teenager
May 7 2007
by Caroline Innes, Liverpool Daily Post
THE family and friends of an animal-loving teenager who was killed in a car accident have pledged to support Chester Zooâ€™s orang-utans in his memory.
Sixteen-year-old Christleton High School pupil Dominic Arnold and friend Tristan Cook were killed in a car accident near Broxton in December last year.
Dominic, a musician, artist and juggler, was committed to animal welfare and was a strict vegetarian.
Inspired by his love of conservation, his family and friends have raised Â£3,500 for the zoo as a fitting tribute to his life.
The money will be split between the zooâ€™s in-house conservation work and orang-utan projects in the field.
The donation comes just weeks before the zoo opens its new Realm of the Red Ape exhibit â€“ a Â£3m home for orang-utans which is the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Dominicâ€™s stepfather, Damian Murphy, said: â€œDominic was a wonderful and caring young man who was extremely popular and who touched the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know him.
â€œDominic was also a good skier who planned to become a ski instructor and who also wanted to learn to dive.
â€œWe chose to support Chester Zoo because of its connection with conservation projects in the field and particularly its association with orang-utans.
â€œWe know Dominic would approve and his memory will always live on, not least now through the conservation of orang-utans at Chester Zoo and in the wild.
» IcCheshireOnline has a tribute page for Dominic and Tristan, which you can sign.