International Orangutan Day

August 19

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Brachiate on over to the Zoo as we celebrate and raise awareness for orangutans, a most extreme ape!

  • Meet a member of the Primate Care Team during a special keeper talk.
  • Learn all about orangutans through biofact exploration, games, and activities.
    • Get hands on with biofacts such as skulls, handprints, and more to see how we are similar to and different from the red-headed apes.
    • Test your cognitive skills while learning about the voluntary behavioral research the orangutans participate in.
    • Practice being a sustainable shopper and discover how your shopping habits impact orangutans and other wild animals.
  • Can’t join us in person? Check out Zoo Atlanta’s social media networks for a special International Orangutan Day takeover.
  • Show you’re a conservation hero year-round with the purchase of an Animal Awareness Day tote bag!
    • Use provided fabric markers to decorate and make your bag uniquely you.
    • All proceeds go to the Zoo’s conservation fund that allows us to help animals in the wild and their habitats.

Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. 

In the Wild …

Orangutans are arboreal apes that once ranged throughout most of southeast Asia, but are now only found in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo. There are three species that are critically endangered. There are only about 78,500 Bornean orangutans; 14,500 Sumatran orangutans; and 800 Tapanuli orangutans left in the wild.

The main threat to orangutan populations is the palm oil industry. Palm oil is cultivated in rainforests throughout the world. This includes not only the forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, but rainforests in Africa and South America as well. The deforestation practices that are associated with palm oil plantations are the main threat to orangutan populations.

Each and every one of us can make a difference in the lives of wild orangutans simply by becoming an informed consumer. Palm oil is in more than half of packaged foods and is also found in common bathroom products. The best way you can make an impact is by switching to products that only contain certified sustainable palm oil or that are palm oil free. One of the best tools you can use to learn about what products are considered ‘orangutan friendly’ is the “Palm Oil” app produced by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.


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