Audubon Zoo gets a brand new baby Orangutan

Jim Hanzo
July 19, 2019 - 8:35 am

The Audubon Zoo has announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan.

Feliz, the matriarch of Audubon Zoo's Sumatran orangutan group, gave birth at 3:25 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17.  

The father is Jambi , a male brought from Germany last fall.

Spokeswoman for the Audubon Zoo, Lauren Messina Conrad says veterinarians don't yet know the baby's sex. 

Feliz and the infant are in a special room behind-the-scenes, taking time to bond before they are introduced to Zoo visitors. Audubon's goal is for Feliz to raise the offspring with minimal intervention.

 Animal care staff will keep a close eye on Feliz and the new infant. Things are going well - the birth was natural and uneventful, and Feliz is an attentive mom. The next 72 hours are critical as the newborn learns to nurse. 

This is her second baby. She gave birth in 2009 to a female named Menari.

The species has been drastically reduced by hunting and habitat destruction.

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