The El Paso Zoo invites the public to participate in the international Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M) campaign that brings attention to the plight of orangutans in the world.
“Every day, orangutan mothers go missing due to poaching, the black market pet trade and palm oil farms that encroach on their living space,” El Paso Zoo officials shared via a news release. “Hundreds of orphaned baby orangutans are cared for in rescue centers in Sumatra and Borneo.”
Visitors will join El Paso Zoo staff and volunteers as they celebrate and honor the zoo’s orangutans and take action to help those in the wild.
There will be zookeeper presentations and animal enrichment at the orangutan exhibit, as well as activities and poster displays at the Asia Discovery Center.
This year, the Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M) campaign features orphaned orangutans Valentino, Yutris, and Momot (pictured above.)
According to the M.O.M. website, the trio are but three of the hundreds of orangutans who attend the BOS Foundation’s jungle school at Nyaru Menteng in Borneo. They are learning skills that one day will enable them to live as wild orangutans.
All donations from our M.O.M. campaign will be allocated to BOS Nyaru Menteng for the continued rehabilitation of Valentino, Yutris, Momot and their friends. For more information, visit the Orangutan Jungle School Facebook Page.
The event is scheduled on Mother’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, at the zoo.