TAMPA, Fla. — There’s a new addition to the family at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, and it’s a baby boy!
ZooTampa welcomes the birth of a rare Bornean orangutan to first-time mom Randee.
The yet-to-be-named baby orangutan was born on Sunday. The little guy made his public debut on Friday.
His addition marks the eleventh orangutan birth at ZooTampa and a welcome addition to the species.
Orangutans have seen a sharp population decline of more than 50% over the last 60 years due to deforestation caused by palm oil farming.
Just like humans, baby orangutans are born completely dependent on their mothers, with maternal care continuing for many years.
ZooTampa is home to three generations of orangutans which are part of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan.
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