The El Paso Zoo is inviting 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.
“Orangutans are losing their habitat and way of life and we need to be their voice to bring about their preservation thru awareness and action. Orangutan mothers have one baby every 7 to 8 years; they raise their young and teach them everything about survival in the wild,” said El Paso Zoo Collections Supervisor Griselda Martinez. “This event means a lot to us and we contribute by holding this event yearly on Mother’s Day and donating monies to credible orangutan sanctuaries.”
The event will offer animal enrichment programs, Biofacts in the Asia Discovery Center, and educational engagement throughout the zoo. It will include a variety of activities and educational presentations.
The event hopes to raise awareness of the crisis facing these apes by encouraging people to help protect them.
Join El Paso Zoo staff and volunteers as they celebrate and honor the zoo’s own orangutans, and take action to help those in the wild. Every day orangutan mothers go missing due to poaching, black market pet trade and palm oil farms that encroach on their living space.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 at the zoo.