Cleveland Loves Orangutans!

IAR: Thank You Cleveland!We would like to give a giant THANKS to our friends in Cleveland!  {:(|}

The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo recently combined their efforts to promote awareness of the plight of wild orangutans and raise funds for orangutan protection and conservation efforts by hosting the first ever Orangutan 5k run/walk.  The event took place on Saturday morning May 11, 2013 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Registration for the event was $20 dollars and included a commemorative T-shirt, as well as post race snacks. The event also included a DJ and tables with information regarding the palm oil crisis and how people can make informed shopping decisions. The first place winner of the race received a matted chalk drawing by one of the orangutans at the zoo.

Despite the chilly weather, the event was a huge success with over 300 participants, grossing over $6,000.00 in profit. After deducting operating costs, a little over $4,000.00 was netted and split evenly between IAR Ketapang and HUTAN-KOCP, an orangutan project operating in Sabah (Malaysian Borneo). The photo above shows members of the International Animal Rescue staff along with some of their charges.

In other news, the orangutans at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo will soon be joining Apps for Apes, Orangutan Outreach's iPad enrichment program for orangutans in zoos.

If you're thinking about putting together your own mini-marathon, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Keeper Mary Yoder would be happy to give you some pointers or tips. Contact us and we'll gladly put you in touch.