A baby Sumatran Orangutan at Germany’s Zoo Berlin is being raised by zoo keepers after her mother failed to care for her.
Photo Credit: Zoo Berlin
The baby was born early in the morning on January 12 to first-time mother Djasinga, age 11. Despite attempts by zoo keepers to get mother and baby together, the two did not bond. Keepers decided to hand-rear the infant, who is healthy and strong.
Every two to three hours, the baby is bottle-fed with infant formula. For now, she resides behind the scenes, where she cannot be seen by zoo guests. The zoo’s animal care team, in cooperation with the European Endangered Species Programme, will begin the process of determining the next steps for the baby. Zoo Berlin houses eight Orangutans in two groups.
Sumatran Orangutans are native only to the island of Sumatra, where they inhabit rain forests. Like their close relatives the Bornean Orangutans, these apes are perilously close to extinction due to extreme habitat loss as forests are converted to palm oil plantations. By purchasing products made with sustainable palm oil, consumers can help preserve important Orangutan habitat.
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