Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Orangutan At Atlanta Zoo Euthanized Because Of Kidney Failure

A 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at Zoo Atlanta was euthanized Monday after veterinarians determined she would not recover from kidney problems.

Hati, which is Indonesian for "heart," was diagnosed in January with chronic renal failure, zoo spokeswoman Susan Elliott said.

Sumatran orangutans are native to Indonesia, where their numbers are imperiled by encroachment and poaching.

Fewer than 60,000 live in the wild, said Rob Shumaker, director of orangutan research at the Great Ape Trust of Iowa.

Zoo Atlanta still has 10 orangutans, which can live 40 to 50 years in captivity, on display. An estimated 200 are on display at accredited zoos and other facilities around the country.

Hati's death is the second of a primate at the zoo this year. On April 2, Banga, a 42-year-old female gorilla, died while under diagnosis for declining health.

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