Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Orangutan Born In Ramat Gan After Decade-Long Baby Drought

Rochale the orangutan with her baby.   
An orangutan was born at the Ramat Gan Safari over the weekend, a decade since the last such primate was born there. The baby ape was born to a relatively old mother, Rochale, at 41.

Not only is this the first such birth since 2000, the Sumatran Orangutan presently has a limited world population of 7,300. Most of them live in the wild and several dozen in zoos. Along with the Borneo Orangutans, they are considered a species that is threatened by extinction.

Officials at the Ramat Gan Safari (also known as the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan ) were quick to note that the birth was of international importance.

In order to increase the number of orangutans, two young females were brought to the center from Germany - Sisi and Tosy. But it was Rochale, an older orangutan already at the safari, who actually managed to give birth to a healthy baby.

Full story here.

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