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 […]
Saturday 19 August is World Orangutan Day and Twycross Zoo in the midlands will be celebrating by offering free entry to any person with red hair! This one day initiative has been set up to encourage the public to take action and help the conservation of this magnificent great ape species, raising awareness of the […]
One of the two species of orangutans, the other being the Bornean orangutan. Found only on the island of Sumatra, it is classified as critically endangered with an estimated 7,300 still in the wild.
Chester Zoo is one of the top 15 zoos in the world. It was opened in 1931 by George Mottershead after he bought Oakfield Manor and seven acres of land for £3,500. With him, he brought a group of animals from a zoo at Shavington near Crewe – the first animals of Chester Zoo.