Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is excited to announce the newest addition to the park – a baby orangutan, weighing in just around three pounds. Born to mother, Luna, and father, Madju, the baby is currently healthy and being cared for by its mother with the animal care team monitoring closely.
Guests can see the baby soon in Jungala area of the park and help name the male via a Facebook poll launching Thursday, November 16.
Bornean orangutans are critically endangered and typically live in the trees in the tropical island rain forests from lowland swamps to high in the mountains of Borneo. Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, and the species' habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years. The species is threatened by rapid deforestation and devastation of their habitat, mainly due to palm and other agricultural plantations. Young orangutans, in particular, are also by the illegal pet trade and mothers often killed as poachers snatch their young.
This orangutan birth is a part of Busch Gardens’ partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage species populations within AZA-accredited facilities.
Since 2006, the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported organizations like the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program and HUTAN- Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project. These organizations help educate locals in Southeast Asia about orangutans, wildlife conservation and sustainable farming techniques, in addition to recording the local population of orangutans.
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