Orangutan Caring Week 2010 Activities
Location: Indonesia, Medan and surrounding areas in N. Sumatra
Organizations: Orangutan Caring Club-N. Sumatra, Sumatran Orangutan Society-OIC, Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme, and other members of the Sumatran Orangutan Consortium
Dates: November 7, 9, 13, 2010
Sunday, November 7: Peace Rally at the Medan central city round-about. The week started with peaceful demonstrations and inspiring speeches with education materials and trees distributed to the public.
Tuesday, November 9: Coloring Contest for children at Republic of Indonesia Television Station (TVRI) in Medan.
Saturday, November 13: Tree-planting activities in Gunung Leuser National Park. Fruit and forest trees were planted by volunteers and local people from Bukit Lawang.
Location: Indonesia, Jakarta, Java
Organization: Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative Indonesia
Event Details: The Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative Indonesia will be celebrating Orangutan Caring Week and are in the process of planning events and activities. More details will be posted when available.
Location: Indonesia, Ketapang and Sukadana, West Kalimantan
Organization: Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program
Dates: November 20-28, 2010
Location: Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Organization: Zoo Negara
Dates: November 7-21, 2010
Location: Finland, Helsinki
Organization: OURF and Orangutan Outreach Volunteers
Time: 5pm - 7:30pm
Place: Learning Centre, Aleksandria at Fabianinkatu 26, Room 230, 2nd Floor, University of Helsinki.
Location: Portugal, Porto
Organization: Sciences College of Porto
Dates: November 7-13
Time: 7 pm (Monday-Friday); 5 pm (Saturday)
Place: Facultdade de Ciencias do Porto, Rua do Campo Alegre, Porto, Portugal
Event Details: Volunteers for Orang Utan Republik Foundation conducted events at the Sciences College of Porto during Orangutan Caring Week. The films "GREEN" and "OrangRimba" were shown as well as exhibition in the college lobby. www.fc.up.pt/fcup/index.php .
Location: United Kingdom, Dublin, Ireland
Organization: Dublin Zoo
Dates & Time: TBA
Location: United Kingdom, London, England
Organization: Orangutan Foundation, UK
Date: November 10 during Orangutan Awareness Week: November 7-13, 2010
Location: Canada, Toronto
Organization: Toronto Zoo
Dates & Time: TBA
Event Details: Toronto Zoo docents was on hand to share orangutan information, biofacts and more. For more information visit www.torontozoo.com
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Location: USA, Los Angeles, CA
Organization: USC Students
Dates: November 7-14
Event Details: USC students interested in orangutans had planned to hold a variety of events including:
- Reading to Kids at a local elementary school: November 14.
- Hosting a booth on campus with posters and petitions
- Selling t-shirts to raise funds and raise awareness
- Showing orangutan films and
- Hosting a public lecture and panel discussion
More information will be posted when available.
Location: USA, Birmingham, AL
Organization: Birmingham Zoo
Dates & Times: TBA
Event Details: Docents and volunteers at the zoo celebrated Orangutan Caring/Awareness Week with their visitors. More details will be posted when they are available.
Location: USA, Tampa, FL
Organization: Lowry Park Zoo
Dates & Times: TBA
Event Details: Docents and volunteers at the Zoo celebrated Orangutan Caring/Awareness Week. More details will be posted when they are available. For more information visit www.lowryparkzoo.com
Location: USA, Wauchula, FL
Organization: Center for Great Apes
Dates & Times: TBA
Event Details: Docents and volunteers at the Center will be celebrated Orangutan Caring/Awareness Week. More details will be posted when they are available. Visit www.centerforgreatapes.org/
Location: USA, Miami, FL
Organization: Zoo Miami
Dates: November 13-14
Event Details: Zoo Miami hosted Orangutan Awareness Week Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14, 10am-4pm. There were tables full of educational displays, biofacts, fun interactives, free temporary tattoos and more! Resident orangutans, Bonnie and Mango, could be visited at the Zookeeper Talk 11:30am daily. For more information visit www.miamimetrozoo.com
Location: USA, Chicago, Illinois
Organization: Brookfield Zoo
Dates: November 13 & 14
Time: 10 am-4:00 pm
Event Details: orangutan awareness with a weekend’s worth of orangutan-oriented activities.
Visit Tropic World to learn fascinating orangutan facts, watch the zoo’s orangs in action, and find out how you measure up with the versatile ape. Kids can check out orangutan handprints, try on orangutan-sized mittens, and find out why the apes need large, strong hands. Special keeper chats offered at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. both days will provide insight into the orangutan’s name—Malay for “man of the forest”—and natural habitat, as well as details about the threats to the orangutan’s survival and simple ways you can help.
Location: USA, Racine, Wisconsin
Organization: Racine Zoo
Dates: November 13
Event Details: Zookeepers hosted event activities Saturday, November 13. For more information, visit www.racinezoo.org
Location: USA, Brownsville, TX
Organization: Gladys Porter Zoo
Dates and Times: TBA
Event Details: Docents and volunteers at the Zoo celebrated Orangutan Caring/Awareness Week. More details will be posted when they are available. For more information visit http://gpz.org/
Location: USA, Houston, TX
Organization: Houston Zoo
Dates: 6-14 November
Event Details: International Orangutan Caring Week was observed globally from Nov. 6 to Nov. 14. During that period, the Houston Zoo's primate staff conducted a Meet the Keeper Talk at the Wortham World of Primates orangutan habitat.
Special Extras were held on Saturday and Sunday, November 6-7 from 9 AM -3 PM
In addition to the daily Keeper Talk at 2:30, the zoo had keepers at the orangutan habitat from 9a.m. - 3p.m. to chat with visitors and answer any questions. Visitor came to their booth to shop for painted magnets, photo note cards, and many other items. They also had beautiful, one-of-a-kind, orangutan-painted Christmas ornaments available for purchase. For more information, visit www.houstonzoo.org/international-orangutan-caring-week/
Location: USA, Waco, TX
Organization: Cameron Park Zoo
Dates and Times: TBA
Event Details: Docents and volunteers at the Zoo celebrated Orangutan Caring/Awareness Week. More details will be posted when they are available. For more information visit www.cameronparkzoo.com/
Location: USA, Louisville, KY
Organization: Louisville Zoo
Date and Time: November 12-14, 2010; various times during the day.
Event Details: Experts predict that orangutans could be extinct in the remnant wild in 10 years.
On November 12-14, find out how you can help these magnificent animals during Louisville Zoo’s orangutan awareness weekend.
Learn about these amazing creatures first hand, meet orangutan keepers, hear about the threats orangutans face in the wild and find out what you can do to help.
Celebrate Segundo, our Sumatran Orangutan’s, 23 birthday Friday, November 12 at 2 p.m. in the Islands area complete with a banana cake with strawberry yogurt icing. On Saturday and Sunday see enrichment programs and learn all about orangutans from the people who know them best during special keeper talks at 10:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Islands area. Docents will also be available Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Islands area with lots of interesting information, biofacts and more. The Zoo’s Youth Board will be offering face painting (for $1), sand art (for $2 and $4) and art magnets made by our orangutans (for $1 - $2) with a portion of the proceeds going directly to orangutan conservation Saturday and Sunday only.
Orangutan Awareness Weekend is free with Zoo admission and for Zoo members.
Orangutans are considered one of the closet living relatives to humans, sharing 97 percent of the same DNA and are very intelligent. They have complex social relationships and are capable of forming strong social attachments. The bond formed between mother and offspring is particularly strong and results in the longest childhood (up to 10 years) of any ape species.
Historically, orangutans were found throughout Southeast Asia and even as far north as China. But today with the rapid decline of their rainforest homes, orangutans live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. It is estimated that suitable orangutan habitat in Malaysia and Sumatra has declined by more than 80 percent in the last two decades, and the wild population of Sumatran orangutans has dropped by nearly half.
According to a report released by the United Nations Environment Programme in February 2007, the spread of palm oil plantations and illegal logging to the national parks in Indonesia constitutes a conservation emergency for the critically endangered orangutan. Palm oil is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to trans fats, and is found in one of 10 supermarket products, including margarine, baked goods, sweets, detergents and lipsticks. There is also an increasing market for vegetable oil as a renewable fuel (biofuel), in response to the need to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions, and palm oil is currently considered the most productive source of biodiesel fuel. Organizations like the United Nations Environment Programme and the Indonesian government are working to find economically and environmentally responsible solutions.
A free Orangutan-Friendly palm-oil shopping guide will also be made available this weekend indicating which companies use sustainable source palm oil.
The Louisville Zoo participates in the Orangutan Species Survival Plan (SSP), which carefully manages and oversees all aspects of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) captive population of orangutans. Louisville Zoo Supervisor of Animal Training Jane Anne Franklin is a member of the Orangutan SSP Steering Committee.
The Louisville Zoo is home to four orangutans—females Bella, 25, and Amber, 22; and 22-year-old males Segundo and Teak.
For more information about the Zoo visit www.louisvillezoo.org.