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Menyaru turns ten

30 July 2013

Sumatran Orang-utan Menyaru showed his playful side when he took more interest in his birthday boxes than in his presents or even his cake.

Other orang-utans were quick to help finish off a coconut and banana cake created in the Zoo Bakery.

The birth and life of Menyaru and every other orang-utan are great reasons to celebrate, because this endangered species is under enormous threat in the wild.

In the ten short years since Menyaru’s birth, the population of his wild relatives in the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo has dropped dramatically.

In Sumatra alone, about a thousand orang-utans are lost every year, and scientists are warning that if this rate of destruction isn’t halted, in another 10 years there may be no wild populations left.

The major cause of this loss is the deforestation caused by the establishment of huge palm oil plantations, although poaching and illegal logging are also factors in the population decline.

The Zoo’s Don’t Palm us Off campaign aims to gain consumer support for a switch to sustainably-sourced palm oil, from plantations developed without the destruction of more rainforest wildlife habitat.

Check out the new Zoopermarket at the Orang-utan Sanctuary and online to see for yourself which supermarket products are using sustainable palm oil, or not.  Since the Zoopermarket opened in April, more than 9,000 emails have been sent to food and grocery companies asking for clearly labelled Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.