We can’t believe another summer of ZooCamp has come and gone! But we’re comforted to know that it’s not the last time we’ll see everyone, since many of our campers return to ZooCamp year after year, becoming more and more interested in saving animals from extinction and finding ways to help do that.
This summer, one such camper made us very proud by putting her inspiration into action. Her name is Avi and she’s eight years old, entering fourth grade in September.
“Avi learned about palm oil, deforestation and the effects on the orangutan population by attending ZooCamp at the age of five,” Avi’s mom Louisa told us. “Ever since, she became a little activist by educating others about this great cause.”
But Avi didn’t just stop at telling others how they can help save orangutans. She made changes in her own eight-year-old lifestyle to help orangutans herself.
“She insisted on boycotting companies that use palm oil in their products and makes certain to read labels when grocery shopping,” Louisa says.
But that wasn’t all. Avi felt especially connected to baby orangutans who lose their mothers in their natural range and wanted to have a direct impact on these orphaned animals. So she did some research and found out about The Orangutan Project, an organization that could help her adopt an orphaned orangutan.
In order to raise money to make the adoption, Avi sold lemonade and saved every cent until she was able to raise the funds.
“She’s been on cloud nine ever since,” Louisa says. “This was a big accomplishment for her. She is our little eight year old activist!”