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Orangutan Awareness Day

Overview

Orangutans face many threats in the wild, from habitat loss to poaching. Only three species remain in the world today; all are considered critically endangered. The good news is... YOU can help!

Come learn about conservation efforts, and discover the fascinating natural history of the orangutan and other great apes. Visitors can help create enrichment items to be given to the Zoo's orangutans. Learn how our actions matter when it comes to protecting one of our planet's most intelligent primates.

Discovery Stations

  • Conservation and take action station – what action will you take?
  • All about orangutans station – biofacts, arm span activity. Orangutans' arms stretch out longer than their bodies - more than two meters from fingertip to fingertip - and are used to employ a "hookgrip." When on the ground, they walk on all fours, using their palms or their fists.
  • Enrichment making station – visitors can decorate paper bags for the entire ape walk and will be distributed at 1:15 p.m.
  • Craft station/ and guess how many biscuits activity – visitors can color a picture of Pixel – they can take it with them or display it on the wall. Visitors have a chance to guess how many biscuits are in a jar. When they guess correctly they get to choose a joke out of the “orange joke bucket”.

Activities

  • Keeper talk at 1 p.m.
  • Enrichment toss at 1:15 p.m.