As human populations have ballooned into the billions, our ape relatives have declined to precipitously small numbers. Tonight, conservation biologist Ian Singleton will be at the Philadelphia Zoo to talk about the critically endangered Sumatran orangutans and the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.
The talk starts at 6 pm and the zoo promises light refreshments.
The biggest threat to these intelligent creatures is deforestation – people are cutting down the forests they depend on to grow palms for palm oil. You may not think you’re a big palm oil consumer but the stuff is in soaps, shampoos, and cosmetics as well as many crackers, chips, ice creams and other fattening excuses for foods. Palm oil is not always listed in the ingredients, Singleton said. Legally, food companies can use the less specific term, "vegetable oil."
Complimentary parking in the Tiger Lot (34th Street). Enter through the Shelly Building. RSVP to Dana Lombardo at email@example.com or 215-243.5305.