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Start Of Critically Endangered Orangutan!

Lengthy awaited, lastly right here: Yesterday at 1.30 p.m. in Schönbrunn Zoo, a younger orangutan was born in entrance of the eyes of the guests. The final profitable offspring of orangutans was virtually 20 years in the past. The Tiergarten group could be very blissful. “It’s the first cub for 13-year-old Sari, who got here to us from Dublin Zoo in 2020. She takes excellent care of her infant, who spends many of the day sleeping in her arms,” stories the accountable zoological curator, Folko Balfanz.



Now we’ve got to maintain our fingers crossed that the offspring will develop effectively. Due to course the primary rearing is at all times related to a sure diploma of uncertainty. Over the subsequent few days it is possible for you to to inform whether or not the younger animal is a feminine or a male. Father is the one male within the group: Vladimir. Regardless of his superior age of 48, he’s nonetheless reproductively lively. Balfanz: “Vladimir and the remainder of the group have an interest within the newest addition. Within the case of orangutans, nevertheless, the moms deal with their offspring all by themselves.”

Orangutans are getting ready to extinction as a result of destruction of their habitat on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. “In recent times, we’ve got continuously modernized the orangutan enclosure to make it much more pure for our animals. When the 2 females, Sari and Surya, moved in about two years in the past, an important functioning social group was created. We’re very happy that every one these efforts at the moment are bearing fruit with the offspring,” says zoo director Stephan Hering-Hagenbeck.

Pictures: Daniel Zupanc



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