Zoo chooses name for new baby orangutan

Dudley Zoo's three-week-old baby Bornean orangutan has been named by keepers, who settled on ‘Jim’ for the beautiful boy!

And Jim has certainly amassed a lot of fans since his birth on June 25 and zoo bosses have loved seeing visitors photographs of the newborn, who has been proudly shown off over the past few weeks by his mum, Jazz! Upper Primates Section Leader Pat Stevens, said:

“Both Jazz and Jim are doing really well. He seems a very content little man, but both mum and dad, Djimat are laid-back individuals too.

“Jazz is already an experienced mum, so she’s taking it all in her stride and Djimat is being really caring towards them both.”

The arrival of Jim brings the number of critically endangered Bornean orangutans at the zoo to five, which includes big sister, Sprout in the family group and solitary male, Benji.

DZC’s orangutans form part of a carefully managed European Endangered Species Programme for the critically endangered species, which is rapidly dwindling in the wild mainly due to the loss of their habitat in their native Indonesia for the benefit of palm oil plantations, illegal logging and illegal hunting.


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