The female orangutan born on June 19th at Schönbrunn Zoo has been named “Kendari”. After internal considerations, they finally decided together on the name of an Indonesian city. Indonesia is the original home of the orangutans, where these special animals have now been almost wiped out due to deforestation and illegal trade. “We are very happy that the young animal is developing so well and that we have found a name. Kendari is getting bigger and stronger every day. She is already raising her head and slowly starting to perceive her surroundings with wide eyes. Everything is always in the protective arms of mother animal Sari”, says animal keeper Sandra Keiblinger.
“Sari takes very good care of her offspring, which is by no means a matter of course for a first-time orangutan mom. The rest of the group is also interested in the young animal. Above all, the orangutan lady Mota, who is already 58 years old, likes to be near Kendari,” says the head of the zoological department, Folko Balfanz. Depending on the weather and the time of day, mother and young alternately spend their day in the outdoor or indoor enclosure. "Like all the animals in the group, they too can freely choose their place in the facility," explains Balfanz. The chances of being able to spot the little Kendari the next time you visit the zoo are high.
Photos: Daniel Zupanc
Video: Courtesy of Schönbrunn Zoo