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In honor of International Orangutan Day on August 19, we hope you'll join us in celebrating and raising awareness of this iconic endangered species


Now is the perfect time to begin planning your celebration, on-grounds activities, educational programs, and/or prepping your social engagement. Download the Orangutan SAFE toolkit for details on the SAFE Program, online/in-person activity ideas, crafts, social media posts, and more! This toolkit was designed to be utilized for International Orangutan Day and any educational event promoting orangutan conservation.


While this instructional toolkit is aimed at communicating with zoo staff so that organizations can take advantage of the kit, the individual links next to each resource make it easy for anyone to enjoy. Post and share the fun online, and be sure to include the hashtag #iheartorangutans.  #internationalorangutanday2022

Looking for more resources?

Find everything our toolkit has to offer including social media posts and filters:

Crafts and Worksheets
Activities to do at your Organization

Find the Food Maze

Great for younger children, this printable maze shows the trouble orangutans can have finding food when their habitat is destroyed or disturbed. The pictures show the common causes for orangutan habitat destruction including farming (palm oil), forest fires and clearings.

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Word Search

Check out this printable word search that shows words commonly related to orangutans to encourage people to think about the issues orangutans face and the actions are being taken to protect them.

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Male Orangutan Mask

Requires some recycled cardboard and some at home items to trace and create an orangutan mask that can be worn for a selfie.

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Durian Fruit Craft (and activity)

Requires recycled cardboard and magazine paper to create a spiky durian fruit that can be held up for a selfie. The instructions also include an at home game about senses. The purpose of these crafts is to create a fun extra element to a selfie people can post to show advocacy for orangutans as well as a fun at home activity that connects people with orangutans.

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Group Coloring

Orangutans Feeding Game - It’s sure to get you moving!

A fun game for at home, in school, or on zoo-grounds that will help people understand how habitat fragmentation and deforestation impact orangutans and their ability to find food and survive. The game includes printable game pieces, helpful instructions and can be modified to fit any size home. The game needs at least two people to play, a facilitator and a player, but can be played with more participants. It can also be modified to work within an on-grounds Zoo setting using two designated spaces one small and one larger.

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 Orangutan Trivia! - Do You Know These Crazy, Cool Orangutan Tidbits?

Participants answer informational and entertaining questions that show just how cool orangutans are while gaining an appreciation for these creatures. After the final question, the participant will find out how well they know orangutans.

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Education Materials

Reading List 

This list has a variety of books about orangutans, organized based on reading level from Pre K through middle grade. Find your favorite storybook, facts and figures, or true story! Each entry is accompanied by a suggested educational activity that reinforces the message in the book.

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Cheyanne Mountain Palm Oil App

Help orangutans while you shop! This app developed by Cheyanne Mountain Zoo allows you to scan items and look to see if that item has palm oil, and if it does if the palm oil is sustainably grown and orangutan friendly. 


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