ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say a Bornean orangutan infant born on Saturday appears to be healthy and is doing well in his mother’s care.
Zoo spokeswoman Keisha Hines says the male infant was born to 21-year-old Miri and was expected to being exploring the zoo’s outdoor Asian forest habitat this week.
Hines says with 14 individuals, the zoo is home to America’s largest zoological collection of orangutans.
The infant’s father, 20-year-old Sulango, is now living at the Columbus Zoo at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums orangutan species survival plan.
Hines says Bornean orangutans are considered endangered and are subject to serious population decline because of the gradual loss of their natural habitat.