Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Little Rock Zoo adds orangutan

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 7:04 AM

click to enlarge NEW AT ZOO: Bandar, a Bornean orangutan
  • NEW AT ZOO: Bandar, a Bornean orangutan

A Bornean orangutan has ventured outside at the Little Rock Zoo for the first time this week since arriving from Omaha. The 23-year-old male is expected to be joined by a female in the fall in hopes they'll mate to help conserve the endangered species. Said a Zoo release:

“It’s estimated that 104,700 Bornean orangutans live in the wild,” said Zoo Director Mike Blakely. “That sounds like a lot, but that number represents a decline from an estimated 288,500 individuals in 1973 and the numbers are projected to decline to 47,000 individuals by 2025.”

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