Saving Animals From Extinction
Zoo Director Ronda Schwetz is the program leader for AZA’s Orangutan SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) project. Through this program, she has developed an information exchange program where she establishes relationships between orangutan conservation facilities in Indonesia and Malaysia and AZA facilities. She has taken AZA professionals to these facilities to train them in modern animal practices.
They also visit local communities living near-critical orangutan habitat to educate them about the benefit of conservation to their communities and their local biodiversity, purchase land to preserve the established rainforest and lead tree planting sessions to restore damaged or eliminated rainforest, and bring economic support to the region.
You can join us to raise awareness for orangutan conservation every August during our Orangutan Caring Day.