The keepers at Twycross Zoo have been celebrating for the past few weeks after a new Bornean orangutan made its way into the world. The birth marks a marks an incredible milestone as this baby is the second orangutan to be born at this zoo this year. The Bornean orangutan is critically endangered and the zoo is raising awareness for the species through the birth of new babies. Remarkably, visitors were allowed to watch the birth of the baby when mother Kibriah went into labor on exhibit around noon on June 18th. Keepers said it is rare for even them to witness a birth, so visitors who were present for this amazing event experienced something truly remarkable and special. Kibriah is 40 years old and this is her 6th baby.
There is currently a naming contest being held on the zoo’s Facebook page for the baby. The choices are all in Bornean languages: Basuki (Flourish), Budi (Wise), or Olbert (Famous). The Twycross Zoo is a leading organization in the preservation of orangutans as a species. They are a part of breeding programs for orangutans that spread all across Europe and are part of the United Nations Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP). The zoo hopes that the birth of these baby orangutans will raise awareness among visitors for the plight of these amazing and intelligent animals in the wild.
The biggest threat that Bornean orangutans face is the destruction of their habitat (rain forests) for the palm oil industry. Palm oil is a very common ingredient in most processed foods and demand for it is at an all time high. The best way to help the animals of the rain forest against destruction for palm oil is to buy items that have sustainable palm oil in them and to donate to zoos that help preserve orangutans and other rain forest animals.
Logos for sustainable palm oil may look like this.
Many thanks to the Twycross Zoo for their commitment to orangutans and rain forests! This baby along with the baby born earlier this year will inspire visitors to care and will help ensure that orangutans as a species will survive for many years to come.