7-month-old Critically Endangered Orangutan Thriving at the San Diego Zoo, Following Mom’s Recovery from Health Complications

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 19, 2022) – On International Orangutan Day (Aug. 19), wildlife care team members at the San Diego Zoo celebrated two of the Zoo’s prominent primate residents: Kaja, a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan infant; and his mother, Indah. Following major health complications that left Indah hospitalized after giving birth, wildlife care specialists jumped in to care for Kaja and help nurture him during the critical early weeks of his life.  Due to quick intervention, both mother and infant are now doing well, and have since been reunited.


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An Update On Sekali’s Baby: Meeting Dad, Tummy Time, & More!

Sekali Meeting Dad Budi For The First Time

At one-month-old, Toronto Zoo’s newest orangutan was becoming more alert to his surroundings, including making eye contact with the Wildlife Care team. Mom Sekali participated in regular training sessions and was comfortable bringing the baby up to Keepers and allowing them to use a dropper to place Vitamin D drops directly in his mouth. Once this behaviour was completely established, Keepers planned to introduce a baby bottle; this could be helpful in the future if they need to give the baby Pedialyte or medications in a liquid form, or if supplemental milk is required.


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ZooBorn Orangutan At Rostock Zoo

Germany’s Zoo Rostock Orangutan Hsiao-Ning gave birth to an infant on June 15th. It's her second baby boy after older brother Niah.

The newborn Bornean Orangutan still needs a name. His caretakers have chosen five names and you can now vote for your favorite:


Voting is still running until the 22nd. July 2022.

The little man is in great health.


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Orangutan Mother, Infant Receive Bonding Time in San Diego Zoo’s Orangutan Outdoor Habitat

Beginning Wednesday, June 30, San Diego Zoo wildlife care specialists are giving Indah and her infant, Kaja, access to the orangutan habitat to help acclimate to the area. The pair have been spending time together in their indoor habitat, but this is the next step in preparing for them to join the troop.

These sessions will begin before the Zoo is open to guests. If Indah and Kaja choose to stay in the habitat after 9 a.m., they may be viewable to guests. Wildlife care specialists will continue to give Indah and Kaja access to the habitat for the next few weeks and will observe their behaviors.

Orangutan birth announcement, Jan. 2022:


ICYMI: Zoo Vienna Baby Orangutan Highlights

In case you missed it, Zoo Vienna welcomed the arrival of a baby Orangutan on June 19th. She has since been integrated into the troupe.

We are now sharing a compiled clip which features Zoo staff interviews and visual highlights. The infant has been named Kendari, after the Indonesian City.

Below are links to the raw videos we already released. This compilation is made from two shorter clips. The first part, announcing the birth, was translated by Franziska Graumann. The second, announcing baby‘s name, was translated by automated assistance.

Raw Birth Announcement Clip


Raw Naming Announcement Clip


Baby Orangutan Born At Dudley Zoo!

Keepers at Dudley Zoo and Castle (DZC) are overjoyed to announce the birth of a critically endangered Bornean orangutan. 

Mum, Jazz, aged 30, has been proudly showing her newborn son to visitors over the last few days in the site’s newly-built £500,000 outdoor enclosure. 

Dad to the youngster, is 33-year-old Djimat, who arrived at DZC from Denmark in October last year as part of a European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) after being carefully genetically matched by studbook experts. 

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A Baby Orangutan Is Born At The Zoo

A new Bornean orangutan was born at the Barcelona Zoo in May. The baby is in perfect health and has already been seen clinging to its mother and breast feeding. This is the third daughter of Jawi, an orangutan also born at the Zoo twenty-five years ago, and Karl.

The new baby brings the number of orangutans in the Zoo complex to seven. This species is in critical danger of extinction in its natural habitat, owing to deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra through the felling of trees and cultivation of palm oil.

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Orangutan Baby Girl Has A Name

The female orangutan born on June 19th at Schönbrunn Zoo has been named “Kendari”. After internal considerations, they finally decided together on the name of an Indonesian city. Indonesia is the original home of the orangutans, where these special animals have now been almost wiped out due to deforestation and illegal trade. “We are very happy that the young animal is developing so well and that we have found a name. Kendari is getting bigger and stronger every day. She is already raising her head and slowly starting to perceive her surroundings with wide eyes. Everything is always in the protective arms of mother animal Sari”, says animal keeper Sandra Keiblinger.


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