Oregon Zoo’s one-month-old orangutan Jolene met her dad Bob for the first time! With May sunshine finally in the forecast, Jolene and her parents are spending more time in their outdoor habitat. Visitors to the zoo should be able to catch a glimpse of the youngster on most days, though the choice is always up to her mom.
5 days ago, Topeka Zoo Welcomed an Endangered Bornean Orangutan infant.
Here’s some of the highlights since birth as well as the gender reveal celebration.
Can you guess the infant’s sex before the gender reveal at the end of the clip?
Congratulations to Topeka Zoo’s Orangutan family members Rudy, Mawas, and Bumi!
This morning Topeka Zoo’s Bornean Orangutan Rudy gave birth to their newest addition. Today zoo officials closed the Lianas Forest building to provide additional privacy and allow for bonding. Both infant and mother appear to be doing well, and they anticipate the building reopening tomorrow, on Mother’s Day!
Kitra’s 3-week-old baby is named for her ‘flaming locks of auburn hair’
After a few weeks of consideration, care staff have selected a name for orangutan Kitra’s new baby. Inspired by the line in the Dolly Parton classic that goes, “Your beauty is beyond compare / with flaming locks of auburn hair,” she will be called Jolene.
“Because we’re giving Kitra and her baby plenty of room to bond, we were unable to tell if she’d had a boy or a girl until recently,” said Kate Gilmore, who oversees the zoo’s primate area. “Once we confirmed she was a girl, our keeper team knew right away what they wanted to call her. They’ve been playing the song on repeat ever since!”
Orangutan Mom Kitra and her nearly 2-week-old infant share some cuddles at Oregon Zoo.
Learn more about Kitra and her baby at ZooBorns.com:
Big Kaja update: Indah and Kaja's interactions have taken a turn for the better!
Since last Wednesday, Indah has shown no interest in separating from Kaja and they have been together ever since.
She is still not nursing but does allow San Diego Zoo Wildlife Care Specialists to feed him.
Oregon Zoo Orangutan Mom Kitra and her week-old baby.
Click here to read the announcement story on ZooBorns:
Toronto Zoo's newest Mom and baby continue to do well behind-the-scenes and he nurses often throughout the day. The other orangutans are fascinated by the new arrival, and Sekali continues to seem content to show him off
Please note Sekali and her baby are not currently viewable at this time. We will make an announcement when they are ready to make their public debut.
First-time mom Kitra and her new baby are doing well, caregivers say
The Oregon Zoo’s primate family grew by a few pounds on Wednesday morning as 20-year-old Bornean orangutan Kitra gave birth to a new baby, adding to the world population of this critically endangered species.
Caregivers said the newborn entered the world on April 13, at around 11 a.m. The first-time mom and her new arrival are doing well in their behind-the-scenes maternity den.
Kaja update: Kaja and Indah continue to have “intro” sessions every day under supervision at San Diego Zoo, but there has not been any progression with their bond. The Wildlife Care Specialists will begin introductions with his sibling, Aisha, to assess her capacity as a surrogate.
Kaja is perfectly healthy and right on track for a nearly 3-month-old orangutan. He has even begun teething which is just as taxing for him as it would be for a human child. Stay tuned for more updates and see Kaja’s previous clips at the links below.