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Mother's Day

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Noodles World Kitchen

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Apes/Primates zookeeper, Kara, with orangutan and items for purchase during M.O.M.’s Day.

Spend a fun day with the special mom in your life at the Milwaukee County Zoo, Sunday, May 12!  Free admission for all mothers, courtesy of Noodles World Kitchen. Stop in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place for special treats and activities from Noodles World Kitchen.

Join us on this day for a special event called “M.O.M.,” (Missing Orangutan Mothers) in the Primates of the World building.  Primate zookeepers and Zoo Pride volunteers will host activities bringing attention to the crisis facing wild orangutans, and what can be done to help conserve this precious great ape species.  Visitors will learn more about the effects of non-sustainable palm oil production on the orangutan’s rainforest habitat through children’s activities, conservation information and craft items for sale to support orangutan rescue and rehabilitation.

The Zoo partners with other zoos in North America and throughout the world to support
Orangutan Outreach and annual M.O.M. events.

The event honors the long-lasting and close bond that forms between orangutan mothers and their offspring.  Young orangutans typically stay with their mothers until around 8 years of age.

Palm oil is found in many common cosmetics, lotions and foods, and the growing demand for these products could mean the extinction of wild orangutans. Their rainforest homes are being destroyed to create more space for palm oil plantations, leaving thousands of orangutans in need of critical medical care, long-term housing and rehabilitation.  Conversion of tropical forests to palm oil plantations has a devastating impact on other species as well, including Asian elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros and tigers.

OrangutanPalm oil production can be done more responsibly, in a way that minimizes the impact on orangutans and other species that call these forests home.  During the M.O.M. event, learn about items containing sustainable palm oil that you can look for on your next shopping trip.  Find out which national brands have joined the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (R.S.P.O.), and which companies are looking to participate in the future.  See how you can help wild orangutans by knowing the source of the palm oil in the products you use in your daily life.

New this year!  Children can show their creative sides and decorate a heart and attach it to a reusable straw to take home with them!  They’ll receive instructions on how to reuse the straw, and learn how this one simple act can help wildlife and the environment. Activities take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and proceeds benefit Orangutan Outreach (www.redapes.org).

The Zoo is open on Mother’s Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Milwaukee County residents with I.D. receive $1.75 off regular Zoo admission.  Regular Zoo admission is $16.25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 3 to 12, $13.25 for seniors age 60 and over, and free for children 2 and under.  Parking is $12.  For more details, call the Zoo at 414.256.5466.