It’s Orangutan Caring Week and we know you love orangutans just as much as we do.

Here are five simple things you can do to show you care for orangutans.

1. Attend our Orangutan Keeper Talk

This free talk delivered by our passionate orangutan carers takes place every day at 11:00am on the orangutan boardwalk.

Hear from the people who know the orangutans best as they give you an insider’s look into the world of these awesome apes and what Perth Zoo is doing to save them in the wild. Check it out!

2. Adopt a Sumatran Orangutan

Animal adoption is a fun and rewarding way to support Perth Zoo’s vital breeding and conservation programs, while creating a connection with your favorite species – like the Sumatran Orangutan.

Your adoption helps provide essential support to help take care of your favorite animal, protect threatened species from extinction, continue important conservation work around the world and helps you learn more about your adopted animal. Adopt today!

Baby orangutan at Perth Zoo

3. Go on an Orangutan Close Encounter

Come behind the scenes to meet the passionate keepers who care for Perth Zoo’s critically endangered orangutans. Expect to see the orangutan from a different vantage point while they explore their exhibit and are given enrichment.

You’ll also learn about how Perth Zoo is helping to save Sumatran Orangutans in the rainforests of Sumatran. And best of all 20c from every $1 of your Close Encounter goes to saving animals in the wild, including Sumatran Orangutans. Book today!

4. Use the WAZA PalmOil Scan app

Imagine being able to know whether the products you buy, like soap, chocolate, and pre-packaged food, are made with sustainable palm oil.

Sustainable palm oil helps drive the palm oil industry in the right direction so it can protect biodiversity and rainforest where orangutans and other animals live.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know which products are made with sustainable palm oil. That’s where the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA) PalmOil Scan app comes in.

Available on Apple and Google, the app allows users to scan a product’s barcode and learn if the company that makes that product is committed to sourcing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). Download today from Apple and Google!

PalmOil Scan app

5. Donate to Perth Zoo

Since 2006, we have been working in a very special place in Sumatra, Indonesia, where rescued ex-pet and orphaned orangutans are given a second chance at life.

There they learn the skills they need to survive in the rainforest, often with the help of their human carers and a buddy orangutan who can help show them how to not only survive but thrive in the rainforest.

Thanks to Perth Zoo and Frankfurt Zoological Society, over 200 rescued orangutans have found a new life in Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem in Sumatra.

Brought back to the safety of the rainforest, they learn to be orangutans once more. They undergo lessons at Jungle School, learning the skills they need to survive in the rainforest.

It’s a hard journey, but the rewards are great as orangutans once again travel from tree to tree, finding food and a place to rest.

What’s even better is that some of those orangutans have even had babies of their own, creating a new generation of orangutans growing up in the wild.

This work is made possible thanks to donations from people like you. To help us help orangutans, donate today!

Orangutans in Bukit Tigapuluh. Photo courtesy of Peter Pratje