Zoos Victoria

Visit our Zoopermarket to find out what’s really in your shopping trolley. See how your favourite foods rate for palm oil and send a personal message to the makers.

Act Now for the orangutan

What else can you do?

  • Tell your local Member of Parliament what your stance is on palm oil labeling.
  • Choose foods that are Palm oil free or contain Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.
  • Create your own Conservation Mashup and share it with your friends to spread the word about Palm oil and Orang-utans.

It may seem that orang-utans live the life - swinging effortlessly among the top branches of trees, and eating sweet fruit. Unfortunately, this life is far from the truth and the threats facing orang-utans could mean these guys, the largest tree-dwelling mammals in the world, disappear from the wild sooner than we realise.

The fruit doesn't gather itself either and orang-utans spend more than 8 hours a day searching for it on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra before building a nest high in the canopy to sleep in.

You can watch our Orang-utans live with our new web cams. You can even control the cameras and record behaviour data!

  • The word Orang-utan means 'person of the forest'.
  • These large gentle apes share 97% of our DNA making them one of our closest relatives.
  • They are highly intelligent, adept at tool use and great problem solvers.
  • Like us each Orang-utan has unique facial features and personalities.
  • Unlike us, they spend most of their lives high up in trees.
  • Orang-utans are the largest tree-dwelling animals in the world.
  • Adult males are up to 10 times stronger than an adult human.
  • Adult males have flatter faces and big cheeks to help project their loud vocal calls through dense jungle.

The products you buy could be threatening the remaining orangutan populations.

A common ingredient in Australian food and household products, called palm oil, is unsustainably farmed throughout orang-utan habitat.

As forests are wiped out to make way for more palm oil farms orang-utans are being pushed closer to extinction.

Baby Orang-utans are still taken from their mothers and their forest habitats to be sold as pets.

At our Zoos...

  • Kiani - Melbourne Zoo
  • Santan - Melbourne Zoo
  • Mai - Melbourne Zoo
  • Gabby - Melbourne Zoo
  • Menyaru - Melbourne Zoo
  • Dewi - Melbourne Zoo

In the Wild...

  • Borneo - Malaysia
  • Sumatra - Indonesia