ANIMAL-mad Charlotte Marsh has swapped the streets of Accrington for the depths of the rain forest in Borneo.
The 28-year old, who lives with her mum Ronalyn in Marlborough Road, Accrington, has embarked on the journey of a lifetime to help conserve the environment of Borneo's orangutans.
Charlotte, a former Moorhead High School pupil, has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember and has already spent a month working at a turtle rescue centre in Greece.
She will spend the next six weeks living and working at a camp in Tanjung Puting National Park.
Charlotte is one of a team of 11 people working alongside the Indonesian Government and the Orangutan Foundation International to patrol illegal logging in the rain forest.
She said: "Whereas gorillas and chimps are the main primates poached for their meat, orangutans are mainly endangered due to the illegal logging. Their habitat is being cleared so they are running out of places to live.
"The work that people are doing out here is very important. If their habitat is not conserved, orangutans could become extinct in about five or 10 years."
Charlotte's love for animals began at a very young age. As a teenager she wanted to be a vet, but after being told she would not make the top grades required, she opted instead to study textile design at Wolverhampton University.
After graduating, Charlotte decided to follow her heart and pursue a career working with animals. She enrolled on a HND in the welfare of animals at Myerscough College.
Charlotte has now completed the course and, prior to heading off to Borneo, split her time between working at a printing firm and volunteering at Lords House Farm, Rishton.
She hopes to get a job as a welfare officer with the RSPCA, but her dream job would be a position with the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
Before making the 14-hour flight to Borneo, Charlotte said she could not wait to get started. She added: "I am really excited and am looking forward to it. My mum is a bit worried, but I just keep reassuring her. It will be the experience of a lifetime."
For more information about the Orang-utan Foundation, visit www.orangutan.org.uk