Caution: orangutan crossing

June 21, 2008

It’s been another busy week at the Zoo. We were able to OK the final design layout of ZooGoer and send it off to the printer on Monday – right on schedule! We were also able to go on several lunchtime visits around the zoo.

Orangutan, Kiko, on the O line

Earlier in the week I was able to fulfill one of my non-writing goals for the summer: I saw the orangutans traveling across the Zoo on their O line! The O line is a set of poles connected by ropes that stretch from the Great Ape House to the Think Tank exhibit. The orangutans are free to travel back and forth between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, but they generally go from the Great Ape House to Think Tank around 11 and then back again to the Great Ape House around two.

I was lucky enough to experience the crossing two days in a row. The first day we saw one of the smaller orangutans attempting the trek. She seemed a little hesitant and didn’t really swing across the lines, but walked across one rope while holding onto the other as if she were crossing a rickety old bridge.

The next day I saw two of the larger orangutans returning to the Great Ape House just before two. They did not seem nervous at all and alternated between walking and swinging their way between the two exhibit yards.

This week I also got to travel to Alexandria, VA to take a tour of the company where ZooGoer  is printed. My supervisor and I met with the owner of Stephenson Printing, Inc. and the project manager who oversees the printing of ZooGoer. We inadvertently timed our visit perfectly so that we were able to see the actual printing of our publication while we were there.  

Orangutan, Kiko, on the O line

We learned all about the printing process – from pre-printing and color correction, to plating, to the different types of printing that can be done, to mixing ink, to folding and binding, to packaging and mailing.

We also talked about the different options that are available in terms of “going green.” There are so many choices of recycled, and even non-tree, papers. There are also practices that can be put in place at the printer’s headquarters to reduce air pollution and the plant’s carbon footprint.

It was a very informative trip; I never thought about all of the different steps that a magazine has to go through before it lands on stores’ shelves. Or about the decisions that have to be made dealing with conservation and other practices that are important to organizations such as the Zoo.


One Response to “Caution: orangutan crossing”

  1. Patricio Chile said

    Caitlin, this is a really great post. I love the photos of the orangutans. It’s also wonderful that you’re able to see so many sides of the industry, even the actual printing! Have fun and keep up the good work.

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