Apenheul Primate Park visitor JeanKern took these candid photos of Orangutan Wattana and her 8-month-old son Kawan enjoying a sunny October day. Wattana was hand-raised by keepers at the Antwerp Zoo, requiring her to learn her mothering skills from fellow Apenheul Orangutan moms Sandy and Radja. The same year Wattana arrived at Apenheul, eight-year-old Amos also came to the primate park. Right from their first meeting, Wattana was teasing Amos continuously. According to keepers on hand at the time: “She tried to attract his attention by swinging back and forth over his head and throwing hay at him. She even sucked her mouth full of water and sprayed it over Amos from a distance. It was hilarious!” Wattana's flirtatious antics ultimately led to a courtship and the birth of baby Kawan.
Little Hesty, the baby Sumatran Orangutan, got off to a rocky start back in June and July as ZooBorns readers might recall. Her mother, Nias, did not nurse her baby properly and Hesty was removed from her mother to be fed by Denver Zoo staff. Fortunately, training efforts with Hesty and Nias on how to nurse properly eventually paid off, and now all is well. Hesty made her public debut this weekend.
There is happy news at the Tel Aviv Zoological Center. Rochale, a 41 year old female Orangutan, has given birth to a healthy infant. A decade earlier, Rochale gave birth to Tel Aviv's last Orangutan arrival. In the interim, many attempts had been made to expand the center's Orangutan population including bringing two young females, Sisi and Tusi, from Germany. To the surprise of all, Rochale, Tel Aviv's oldest female, is carrying the torch for a second time!
Older mom Rochale has experience with raising healthy babies...
Ouehand Zoo's nearly three week old Orangutan infant LOVES to sleep. In the wild, Orangutans fashion treetop sleeping nests out of branches. Mom's back is a perfect substitute for now. A.J. Haverkamp's picture and video taken just a few days ago catch "Babyboy" in deep REM sleep.
Photo Credits: A.J. Haverkamp
On Jun 19th, Denver Zoo welcomed a new baby Sumatran Orangutan to mother Mias. Eleven days after the birth, zoo staff noticed the infant looked weak. After sedating Mias so they could examine the infant, named Hesty, they realized the baby was severely dehydrated and had not been nursing properly. Despite veterinarians best efforts to encourage proper nursing, they had to intervene again when the baby appeared unresponsive July 1st. Due to the exceptional care provided by Denver Zoo staff, the baby is now healthy and has been reunited with mother Hesty. Throughout the process, keepers and vets cared for the baby in view of mom, who watched attentively throughout the process.
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ZooBorns reader and amateur photographer Sam Finlay-Notman was kind enough to send us some new pictures of happy orangutan family, Puteri and her baby, at the Perth Zoo. As we noted back in November, this baby serves as the Zoo's poster child for an anti-palm oil campaign. Palm oil production is the number one threat to wild Sumatran orangutan populations. Learn what you can do to help here.
Now 6 months old, baby Saloma has proven to be a big attraction at the Singapore Zoo. This little Bornean Orangutan female is very expressive and curious but sticks close to mom, Binti.
Photo credit: Christopher Chan
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The German orangutan boom continues with 10-week-old baby Bulan at the Berlin Zoo. In these first glimpse pictures, five-time mother Bini proudly cradles her new baby boy and, apparently, enjoys munching on some hay.Sumatran Orangutan Society.
We've had several orangutan births featured lately, and Germany is the next to carry the torch. Born November 24th to proud mom Daisy, Dresden Zoo's tiny new orangutan is a real charmer, already full of character and eager to please. Much like humans, mother orangutans often teach their young through play.
Photos credits: Michael Kappeler, AFP/Getty Images
Perth Zoo is calling on the community to take action in a campaign to mandate the labelling of palm oil on all food products. The call-to-action came today as a four-week-old critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan, made her debut. The as-yet-unnamed female orangutan was born at 10:40am on 20 October to 39-year-old mother, Puteri. The infant weighed just under 2 kg at birth.
Exotics Curator Leif Cocks gets a first-hand introduction to the baby...
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