How many steps will it take you to measure one swing of a siamang?
On April 30 and May 1st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., join the Houston Zoo’s primate staff, volunteers and docents to celebrate all things Ape! It’s Ape-ril at the Houston Zoo. Learn about chimpanzees, orangutans and siamangs and their rainforest habitat.
We will have a table in front of Chimpanzee exhibit on Saturday, April 30 and in front of the Orangutan glass viewing area on Sunday, May 1. Visit our booth at the chimpanzee or orangutan exhibit to shop for orangutan painted magnets, ape photo note cards, chimpanzee and orangutan painted flower pots, siamang, chimpanzee and orangutan paintings, orangutan painted ceramic plates and cups and many other items…
All proceeds from the SOS sales will support the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project that helps orangutan and elephant conservation projects in Indonesia, the Jane Goodall Institute that helps chimpanzee conservation projects in Africa and Flora and Fauna International that supports gibbon conservation projects in Asia.
During this weekend, the Houston Zoo’s primate staff will conduct a Meet the Keeper Talks at the Wortham World of Primates orangutan and siamang exhibits and a Meet the Keeper Talk at the Chimpanzee exhibit in The Africa Forest. Also, you can vote and help us choose our favorite ape, Aurora our 2-month old orangutan, Leela our 7-month old siamang, and Willie our 7-year old chimpanzee.
The apes are undoubtedly the animals that fascinate people the most and the reason is not hard to see. Of all the world’s creatures, the apes are the closest to us in form and behavior. They can stand upright; they have fingernails and fingerprints, large brains, and expressive faces. Most of all, they have an obvious intelligence that both amuse us and puzzle us.
The larger apes or “great apes” are gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos. The small or “lesser apes” are the siamangs and gibbons.
We invite you all to come to the Houston Zoo this weekend and meet our wonderful apes.
Written by Primate Keeper Tammy Buhrmester