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Published on Apr 24, 2012
Come visit the Brookfield Zoo orangutans during Ape Awareness Weekend, April 28 and 29, and discover ways to help the wild ape populations of Asia and Africa. The event, which takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day, will highlight the zoo's three ape species: white-cheeked gibbons, orangutans, and western lowland gorillas.
Additionally, guests can learn how to become educated consumers when purchasing products that contain palm oil. Palm oil is in demand as an ingredient in baked goods, candies, and other consumer goods and is found in one out of 10 supermarket products. Orangutans' natural habitat—the rain-forest islands of Sumatra and Borneo—is being logged and converted to palm oil plantations. Due in large part to the deforestation, experts predict that orangutans may become extinct in the wild unless dramatic action is taken to help preserve their habitat. Several companies that are members of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) are committed to using certified sustainable palm oil and doing their best to make a difference for orangutans. A list of RSPO company members and some of their products may be found on the zoo's Web site at www.CZS.org/PalmOilGuide