All moms receive free admission courtesy of Westbury Bank
The Zoo is home to a wild group of animal moms and babies this Mother’s Day. The most well-known story might be that of our orangutans, Mahal and MJ. Mahal’s inexperienced mother did not accept Mahal at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 2007. Our Zoo’s resident female orangutan, MJ, was chosen as a surrogate mother, and the two orangutans are now living well together.
In recognition of Mahal and MJ’s story, and to raise awareness of the importance
of saving this precious species, primate zookeepers and volunteers will host special
outreach areas throughout the Primates of the World Building, called “Project
M.O.M.” Our Zoo partners with other zoos across North America, along with Orangutan
Outreach, to present outreach activities entitled “M.O.M. – Missing Orangutan Mothers.”
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As Mahal and MJ demonstrate, orangutan mothers and babies have an incredibly close relationship. Because of the growing demand for palm oil, more and more orangutan mothers are being killed every year in Indonesia. Their rainforest homes are being wiped out to make way for palm oil plantations – leaving hundreds of orphans.
Visit the outreach booth to learn how you can help the plight of these beautiful red apes – featuring fliers, info sheets, games, quizzes, pictures and bookmarks.
New this year! Watch MJ and Mahal interact with iPads as part of their ongoing enrichment program. These sessions will be offered at various times throughout the day for visitors to watch this unique interaction, as our Zoo is one of the first to offer this technology to our animals. Artwork painted by our orangutans will be on display and for sale this year. These creative pieces made by the animals are another way our keepers work with the animals as part of enrichment. Orangutan Outreach representatives will have special T-shirts for purchase, drawing attention to the plight of wild orangutans.
See our specially-made grocery basket on display with items you can purchase on your next shopping trip. All of the items are made without palm oil. The Zoo’s concessions department will sell a number of items made without palm oil, and palm-oil-free candy also can be purchased at the outreach booth.
Orangutan artifacts will be featured, showing how similar these animals are to humans.
Crafts for kids include coloring a picture of Mahal and MJ and placing it in a display of the rainforest, symbolic of putting these endangered animals back in their natural forest habitats. Custom note cards featuring our own Mahal and MJ will be available for purchase, along with posters of paintings created by the orangutans; all proceeds benefitting the Orangutan Outreach. Activities take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Be sure to purchase your copy of “Little Mahal and the Big Search for a Real Mom,” proceeds benefitting the Orangutan Outreach.
The Zoo is open on Mother’s Day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Milwaukee County residents with I.D. receive $1.75 off regular Zoo admission. Regular Zoo admission is $14.25 for adults, $11.25 for children ages 3 to 12, $13.25 for seniors age 60 and over, and free for children 2 and under. Parking is $12.
For more details, call the Zoo’s Public Affairs and Services Division at 414.256.5466.