Second Sumatran Orangutan Born

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Sumatran Orangutan. (Image Credit: John Vettereli )

By Kristen E. Strubberg Editor-in-Chief

The Good News Review congratulates mother Meerah and father Cinta on the birth of a female baby this Sunday at the St. Louis Zoo.  To our knowledge, this marks the second Sumatran orangutan born in the United States this year, a great boon for the critically endangered species.  Meerah is 46 years of age and an  “excellent and experienced mother” according to Stephanie Braccini, Ph.D., Saint Louis Zoo Zoological Manager, Great Apes .  She is taking full care of her young one, nursing her and carrying her close.  After the first 30 days, the most critical period following birth, they will rejoin the zoo’s orangutan population.

Mother Meerah cuddling her newborn. (Image Credit: Stephanie Braccini/St. Louis Zoo)


Newborn close-up! (Image Credit: Stephanie Braccini/St. Louis Zoo)

Read more about Meerah, Cinta, and their new born at the St. Louis Zoo website and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Read The Good News Review’s report on the FIRST Sumatran Orangutan born this year.

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