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Tulsa Zoo Celebrates World Great Ape Day

TULSA, Okla. (Sept. 4, 2017) -The Tulsa Zoo will be celebrating World Great Ape Day on Saturday, Sept. 9.

As part the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Tulsa Zoo supports local and international conservation efforts. The Tulsa Zoo and other AZA-accredited institutions support great ape conservation in the following ways:

  • Between 2012 and 2016, 94 AZA-accredited facilities reported investing nearly $16 million towards great ape conservation.
  • All non-human great ape species benefited from conservation action- including Bornean and Sumatran orangutans, eastern and western gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos.
  • Just over $269,000 of these funds were administered through the AZA Ape TAG Conservation Initiative, which launched in 2010 to increase the amount and duration of zoo support for ape conservation, and supports projects for each of the six great ape species. The Initiative also provides funding for the conservation of smaller apes: gibbons and siamangs.
  • In addition, AZA-accredited facilities are actively involved in projects that involve conservation education and capacity building, veterinary support, population monitoring, and more.

What can you do to help? Take the following actions to be part of the solution and help save apes.

Take Action: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
One of the major threats facing great apes is habitat loss and fragmentation. Habitat loss due to logging, mining, and civil unrest has had a devastating impact on gorilla populations and their movement. For example, timber harvest has increased in the western gorilla species’ range in the past 2-3 decades, and with it, roads have been built in areas previously inaccessible to hunters. Some studies demonstrate that G. gorilla declined more than 60% over this period of 20-25 years. On Great Apes Day we challenge you to reduce your use of paper products to help. You can also purchase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, paper, and furniture products to support sustainable forestry operations. For more information:

  Take Action: Sustainable Palm Oil
Palm oil is a healthy vegetable choice for you and a high-yield, high-value crop that can boost communities out of poverty. However, conversion of old growth rain forest to oil palm plantations is having a devastating impact on orangutans and their habitat. Some leading companies have committed to using only sustainably grown, and even deforestation-free, palm oil in their products. Help by purchasing products with sustainable palm oil. For more information >>