You’ve probably mispronounced this animal’s name without even knowing it. Chief meteorologist Carmen Rose spoke with Amanda at the Little Rock Zoo about Orangutans in her Zoo & A.
Orangutans are critically endangered. Amanda says one of the best ways to help is consider what you buy at the grocery store.
“These guys are really having problems with deforestation and being affected by that. So there is an agricultural demand for palm oil. Palm oil is pretty much in everything you use, so we don’t ask you to boycott it, but try to figure out if the things you are using are sustainable,” said Amanda.
Palm oil is in processed foods, beauty and cleaning products. Amanda says there are some phone apps you can use to determine if a product is sustainable and does not negatively impact an orangutan’s habitat or other animals in the same area.