We enjoyed some mild summer weather the other day and met up with some great friends at the Philadelphia Zoo. I had heard about the trail of the Lorax exhibit and we had fun finding some of the "trees" there. We were given those old-style red/blue 3-D glasses to view the trees, but frankly they usually give me a headache, so we checked things out without them. The exhibit focuses on saving the orangutans, who's lives are threatened with extinction. I love the orangutans. They are just such an amazing animal to watch.
According to a handout about Orangutans that I picked up while at the Zoo, there are fewer than 7,000 Sumatran orangutans left in the wild. The deforestation in the Sumatra peat lands was predominantly driven by the expansion of oil palm plantations. Palm Oil is a common ingredient in many packaged products we consume. Most of the palm oil is grown in a non-sustainable manner. It is important to check the label of the products purchased to see if the company is using sustainable palm oil. For a list of companies that are doing such, see www.rspo.org.
We are members of the zoo and really enjoy having the opportunity to visit with friends and learn about the animals and our environment. Membership has really paid off for us and takes the pressure off from feeling like we have to see everything in one visit. We will be back again soon to spend the day there with our favorite animals!