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Greenville Zoo Celebrates Mother's Day With M.O.M. Awareness Event

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The Greenville Zoo celebrated Mother's Day a little early in honor of one of its residents. The Greenville Zoo celebrated Mother's Day a little early in honor of one of its residents.

The Greenville Zoo celebrated Mother's Day a little early in honor of one of its residents.

The Zoo paid tribute to its orangutan mother, Chelsea, on Saturday as part of the annual Missing Orangutan Mothers or M.O.M. Day. The event is held each year to help create awareness on the large number of orangutan mothers who are killed in Indonesia due to deforestation practices and consumer demands for palm oil.

"(People) should buy products that have sustainable Palm Oil," veterinarian Dr. Heather Miller said. "That's palm oil that is made without destroying the rain forests, without being destructive to the orangutans habitat. They are so specialized that there's few places these guys live, so we need to preserve any amount of habitat for them."

Children were able to visit Chelsea and her son, Bob, throughout the morning and early afternoon. They will hold a Mother's Day Special on Sunday as Mothers get to visit the zoo for free. 

To learn more about the M.O.M. program, click here.

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