Our class visited the Adelaide Zoo recently to take part in the Planetkeepers program. We spent time with a Zoo educator learning more about our focus animal the Orangutan. We learnt about why the Orangutans are critically endangered and what can be done to help protect them.
Our class in our Zoo Education Session.
We learnt that if people stopped buying animal products made from protected animals, we could help stop the demand for them. This item above was confiscated by Australian Customs.
The natural habitat of the Orangutans is being cleared to plant palm oil plantations. We learnt that we can do our bit by not buying products made with this palm oil.
We were also very lucky to spend some time with the Orangutan Zoo Keeper, who provided us with lots of interesting information. We also got to go behind the scenes in an area not open to the public for a closer experience with one of the three Orangutans at the Zoo.
Our class receiving a talk from the Orangutan Zookeeper. While one of the Orangutans uses a stick to get food.
Our class behind the scenes.
This is Puspa, the Orangutan we saw behind the scenes.
We had a fantastic time at the Zoo. As part of the Planetkeepers program we are currently undertaking research into Orangutans and endangered animals generally to look at ways we can raise awareness of why Orangutans and other animals are endangered. We will also be deciding on some ways in which we can raise money to go to organisations that help protect Orangutans. Be sure to have a look at our video below and keep coming back to our blog to learn more about Orangutans and what you can do to help protect them.
Planetkeeper Excursion 2015 from Mr Baldock on Vimeo.