Orangutan Awareness Day

The Gladys Porter Zoo, in conjunction with Orangutan Outreach and many Zoos across the nation, as well as volunteers from the Students Teaching Students program and enrichment program, will celebrate Mother’s Day this year by paying tribute to orangutan mothers with the Missing Orangutan Mothers campaign (M.O.M.). The goal of M.O.M. is to raise awareness about orangutans that have been pushed to the brink of extinction in the wild.

On Sunday, May 14th at 1:30 p.m., during a presentation in the amphitheater, students will be bringing attention to the crisis facing these beautiful red apes and encourage people to protect them. Visitors will be able to learn more about orangutans, the effects of the palm oil industry, and the need for habitat conservation. In addition, near the orangutan exhibit, staff will be giving enrichment items to the mother and daughter orangutan duo at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  An educational booth will also be set up under the orangutan palapa with a coloring activity for children.  Plus, fish food will be sold for visitors who wish to feed the resaca wildlife.  All proceeds from this activity and any donations will be donated directly to the Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M.) campaign run by Orangutan Outreach.

Orangutans are some of the most devoted of all animal mothers. In the wild, these mothers are the sole providers for their offspring. Infants will stay with their mothers until they are eight years of age or older. This is longer than any of the other great apes. Orangutans are also one of the most critically endangered of the great apes, due to poaching and habitat loss from deforestation and the palm oil plantations that are devastating Indonesia.

This event is free with purchase of general admission. For more information, visit email info@gpz.org or call (956)546-7187.

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