Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome a new member to our clan of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans—a newborn female named Cerah (Che-rah), which means “bright” in Indonesian and is often used to refer to sunshine. Born to mom, Nias (Nee-uhs), and dad, Berani (buhr-AH-nee), Cerah arrived through a natural and uneventful birth March 25, and keepers report both mom and baby are in good health. They are currently behind the scenes to give them time to rest and bond, and allow our staff a chance to ensure Cerah is receiving proper care and nourishment from Nias.
Nias, who is 29 years old and arrived at Denver Zoo in 2005, and Berani, who is 25 arrived in 2017, were paired together under recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan Program, which oversees the population management of select species within AZA member institutions and enhances conservation of those species in the wild.
With a worldwide population estimated at only 14,600, Sumatran orangutans are classified as “Critically Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
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