Pumpkin is one of our 9-year-old fraternal twins. She’s the more introverted, independent and quiet of the two but also one of our smartest students during Orangutan School. Pumpkin is one of the biggest sweethearts of the bunch and takes excellent care of her twin sister.
Our 13 year old male. Jake is the “big man on campus,” literally. He is the largest orangutan that calls Jungle Island home. His big brown eyes captivate you from the moment you lay eyes on him. He’s quite the ladies man too.
Hanna is 16-years-old and all that that implies. Much like her human counterparts, Hanna is a bit of a diva and our resident fashionista. She is arguably the most inquisitive of the bunch and has been known to cause mischief whenever she can. She’s also one of the sweetest of the group and her big expressive facial features make her one of the most loved. #JIOrangutanCaringWeek
Sinbad is our 34-year-old alpha male. Sinbad was diagnosed with glaucoma and needs to receive eye drops frequently. Our trainers have worked with him to be able to give him these drops freely. Despite his age, Sinbad is silly and playful and loves to hang out where guests can get a good view of him. #JIOrangutanCaringWeek
Connie is 35-years-old and is the oldest of the orangutans in the bunch. She shares her primadome with Sinbad, our 34-year-old alpha male. Our resident shy girl, Connie is more reserved than the other orangutans but once you’ve earned her trust, you have a friend for life. #JIOrangutanCaringWeek
Taking place November 10 -16, Orangutan Caring Week is dedicated to raising awareness for Orangutans and their struggle to survive in the wild. During this time, you’ll be able to participate in interactive and educational activities dedicated to orangutans. Learn more about the need for sustainable palm oil and the different products that contain it and those that don’t. In addition, each day we will be dedicating a special post on our Facebook page to one of the orangutans here on Jungle Island. Stay tuned for ways to get involved!
The annual Spooktacular Halloween at Jungle Island takes place Oct. 26th and 27th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day for a fun-filled day of costume contests and trick-or-treating for kids. A few creepy critters visited NBC 6 Today with Meteorologist Jennifer Gray.
Miami, FL (October 2013) – Jungle Island is proud to announce that Jeff Shimonski, vice president horticulture, has received the Association of Zoological Horticulture’s Chuck Rogers Conservation Award for his lifetime achievement in plant conservation.
As a horticulture professional for many years, Shimonski is a pioneer in sustainable practices for horticulture, a leader in urban forestry education and a supporter of environmental conservation efforts in the community.
Shimonski also created the vision for a fully sustainable horticulture operation for Jungle Island and through careful planning, innovation and exclusive work with city officials, horticulture experts and his own research, developed what is regarded as the most sustainable managed landscape in the country.
The world-class horticulture display on Jungle Island was cultivated with minimal use of chemical pesticides and without any chemical fertilizers. Additionally, because of his work, the park has earned the U.S. EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program’s Gold Level designation.
“I am honored to have been selected to receive this prestigious award by the Association of Zoological Horticulture. I would also like to thank Dr. Patrick Griffith of the Montgomery Botanical Center for having nominated me,” said Jeff Shimonski, vice president of facilities/horticulture for Jungle Island.
Miami, FL (August 2013) – From iPads to memory games and painting to sign language, the orangutans on Jungle Island are pretty clever and are learning new activities every day in Orangutan School. Now, Jungle Island is launching a brand new experience that lets you be a “Teacher for a Day.”
Join Jungle Island’s Orangutan School teachers for a one-on-one session with our orangutans and get a hands on interaction with our unique students. As part of the session, you’ll learn about the ins and outs of the Orangutan School enrichment program and how it benefits the daily lives of orangutans. You’ll also learn about the diet, physical attributes and more of the Jungle’s orangutans.
Once you’ve prepared the day’s lesson plan with our teachers, it’s your turn to interact with our orangutans and go through the lesson with them. Be amazed at your new students’ ability to match shapes, play a memory game, identify objects on the iPad, brush their teeth and more!
Orangutans are highly intelligent creatures who love being able to interact in new and unique ways, which makes the Orangutan School on Jungle Island a perfect fit. What better way to see these amazing animals up-close than as a teacher for a day?
Jungle Island’s Orangutan School – Teacher for a Day is offered daily, but advance reservations are suggested. The experience costs $180 for adults and includes park admission. Reservations can be made by calling (305) 400-7275 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, 7 days per week.
For more information on the new experience, visit www.jungleisland.com/orangutanschool or click here for a video preview.
On Thursday, September 5, Miami Heat point guard, Mario Chalmers, paid a visit to Jungle Island. He spent some time with the park’s most famous residents including a baby capuchin monkey, kangaroos, lemurs and more!
Below are a few photos from his visit.