A critically endangered Sumatran orangutan has been born at Chester Zoo. The yet to be named new baby arrived to mother Subis in November, following a nine-month pregnancy, with both doing well.
The new male is being celebrated as an important addition to the international breeding programme for the highly threatened species.
With fewer than 14,000 surviving in the wild, the Sumatran orangutan is one of the world’s most endangered great apes, with threats from hunting and habitat loss due to illegal logging for the palm oil industry.
“The arrival of a new baby in the family of Sumatran orangutans is always cause for celebration. Subis is a great mum and she is being really attentive to her newborn. The pair are inseparable as they get to know each other.” commented Mike Jordan, Director of Animal and Plant Collections.
“The new arrival is especially important to the international breeding programme, which is providing a real lifeline for the species given that Sumatran orangutans are so highly threatened. This new baby helps us to further highlight the mass-scale rainforest destruction that is occurring on the other side of the planet and raise some much-needed awareness of the plight of their cousins in the wild”
“People can help these wonderful, charismatic animals while shopping in supermarkets, simply by making sure they’re buying only products containing certified sustainable palm oil. It sounds like an incredibly small action, but this will create a snowball effect and send a message to suppliers that we demand change.”
Last year, with the help of the Zoo’s conservationists, Chester became the world’s first Sustainable Palm Oil City, helping restaurants, workplaces and schools to only use palm oil from deforestation-free suppliers.
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