Welcome to the Orangutan Conservation Education Center!

Are you an educator looking for new, innovative, and fun ways to teach kids about the importance of orangutan conservation?  You have come to the right place.  This portal is designed to aid educators in accessing constructive and engaging education materials from one centralized interface.  It is a compilation of information about the collaborative efforts of the AZA-accredited zoos (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) that are participants in the AZA Orangutan Species Survival Plan® (SSP). 

The toolbox of materials provided here are suitable for incorporation into a variety of educational settings.  Resources are not grade specific, but they are labeled for grade congruence when applicable.  The activities encompass videos and a variety of lesson plans that will encourage students to examine, question, and analyze the pressing matter of orangutan conservation.

The materials are meant to aid students of all ages to become empowered to initiate their own efforts to protect orangutans from extinction.  Encourage your students to share what they learn with their friends, classmates, and scout troop to help spread the word about these magnificent creatures.  Please direct your students to the Kids Action Center portion of this site if they wish to learn more about what they can do. Inspire your kids to visit their local zoo to get the know the orangutans in their neighborhood!

Thanks for visiting, and please come back often to see what’s new!


Save the lives of wild orangutans
with the NEW Sustainable Palm Oil Shopping Guide App for smartphones!

You can save wild orangutans, and other endangered Asian animals affected by the palm oil crisis, by using your smartphone! This new FREE downloadable smartphone application lists more than 5,000 products whose manufacturers are certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Purchasing products from these companies saves orangutan habitat and lives.

“Palm oil is used to make items we consume every day like food and personal care products,” Dina Bredahl, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Animal Care Manager and champion of the Zoo’s palm oil awareness conservation program, said. “Purchasing products that are manufactured by RSPO member companies is the easiest thing we can do to help endangered wild orangutans.”

 Download the free app today and learn more about the palm oil crisis!

A yard sale to help save orangutans.


Have your own fundraiser for orangutans and be featured on this website!



New education resource available!

Check out the new Ovations for Orangutans education curriculum created for us by Conservation and Education Specialist Ruth Habrecht.  

Exciting news!  
Due to public pressure Kellogg’s has agreed to buy palm oil only from suppliers who can PROVE the palm oil is harvested sustainably.   Consumers made this happen. Each of us has the power to make a difference!