A female orangutan was born at 5 am on a Monday (May 25) weighing in at only three kilograms. She was born in captivity at the Taman Safari Bogor zoo and conservation site in West Java, Indonesia. Zookeepers, veterinarians, and press welcomed the little infant orangutan in excitement and named her Fitri.
The beautiful Bornean orangutan will be added to the list of critically endangered species, with a population of only 100,000 worldwide, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Borneo Orangutan Indonesia
The first recorded orangutan to be held in captivity was on June 29, 1776, which only survived for 5 months at a private zoo in Holland. It was rare that a captive orangutan ever lived longer than 3 years.
In 1926, the first orangutan was born inside a zoo followed by two more births in 1928, all 3 died before reaching the age of 3 due to malnutrition.
By 1969 most zoos around the world agreed not to accept any animal without proper documentation from IUCN
Today the Borneo orangutan in captivity can outlive the wild orangutan, the oldest was 60 years old, a direct result of supplying them better nutrition, healthcare, and a healthier natural environment.
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