CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO SWINGS INTO
SUMMER WITH A SPECIAL ICE CREAM FLAVOR

--Photo Opportunity, July 1, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream Debuts Swingin’ Organutan Shindig--


June 24, 2010 I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is excited to partner with MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery to introduce a new “Fresh Escapes” flavor combination, Swingin’ Orangutan Shindig.  This new flavor was inspired by Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s recent trip to Indonesia and Malaysia to learn first hand about the impacts of palm oil on orangutan habitat.  The new specialty flavor is completely palm oil free, and 25 cents of each scoop goes directly to CMZ’s Quarters for Conservation program to save orangutans.  Thursday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will introduce media to the new summer flavor at MaggieMoos, located in the Promenade Shops at Briargate.  Media are invited to taste the new flavor for FREE.  ZOOM will be on hand with live animals, Miss MaggieMoo and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will have drawings for FREE Family 4-packs of Zoo admission and Mountaineer Sky Ride passes and FREE ice cream for a year.   Buy One Get One (BOGO) free on ice cream of any flavor for the public from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. to celebrate Swingin’ Orangutan Shindig

Interview and Photograph Opportunity:

Swingin’ Orangutan Shindig Ice Cream Debut

Thursday, July 1, 2010

10:00 a.m. / MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery

1605 Briargate Pkwy, Suite 107
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

719-268-1844

The special new ice cream Swingin’ Orangutan Shindig features Maggie Moos popular flavor, Banana Ice Cream, with the addition of fresh banana slices, cinnamon Teddy Grahams, and caramel swirl.

(2)  CMZoo’s Orangutan Ice Cream Flavor

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the Palm Oil Crisis

The increased demand for palm oil, which is obtained from the fruit of the oil palm tree and can be grown only in tropical environments, is fueling destruction of the rainforest habitat of Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, pushing those endangered species even closer to extinction. Estimates show that if something isn't done soon to stop the spread of palm oil plantations into the forests that harbor these orangutans, they will be extinct in ten years.

Supply and demand pressures are driving the production of palm oil up to an all-time high. Found in cookies, crackers, shampoo, skin care and beauty products, pet food, and many other products, palm oil is now the second most widely produced edible oil. It is also found in a wide array of products sold in natural food stores. And it is being investigated as a possible fuel alternative. 

Three members of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo staff just returned from a three-week visit to Borneo and Sumatra, the only remaining spots on the planet wild orangutans are still found. CMZoo Vice President Tracey Gazibara, Animal Care Manager Dina Bredahl and Primate Keeper Mandy Hollingsworth made this important fact-finding journey to learn more about the major threats affecting orangutans and their wild habitat.

Through their research, the objectives of their trip included finding out the “ground truth” on the Palm Oil Crisis in Borneo and Sumatra near areas with known orangutan populations. They also researched possible solutions to the major threats facing orangutans, and how the Palm Oil Crisis is affecting the indigenous people of the regions.  The three Zoo representatives are now working to build a media library of the sights and sounds of the areas to help with the Zoo’s on-going Palm Oil awareness campaign.

You can read up-to-date entries from their journey on the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Palm Oil Crisis Blog at http://cheyennemountainzoopalmoil.blogspot.com/.  The team will present their findings, share photos and talk one-on-one about their trip at the upcoming Swinging in the Rainforest fundraiser event, sponsored by the CMZ American Association of Zoo Keepers, on July 10 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

For more information about the Palm oil crisis, the new ice cream debut, or the Swinging in the Rainforest event please visit www.cmzoo.org or email Lauri Armstrong at larmstrong@cmzoo.org.