A bouncing baby Bornean orangutan was born to ZooTampa‘s resident orangutan parents, mom Hadiah and dad Goyang.
The baby was born Feb. 6, weighing about 3 1/2 pounds. Two weeks later, mom and baby have begun making public appearances in the orangutan habitat, and fans have been flocking to the Tampa zoo to catch a glimpse of the baby girl, who’s already active and starting to explore her environment, keeping Hadiah on her toes.
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This is Hadiah’s second baby. Her first baby, Topi, was born at ZooTampa in 2016.
There are now three generations of Bornean orangutans at the zoo, nine in all, including three moms and their little ones.
The birth of a baby orangutan at the zoo is always cause for celebration. The Bornean orangutan, found in the rain forests of the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra, is critically endangered due to extensive deforestation, much of which is connected to unsustainable palm oil production. A century ago, there were an estimated 230,000 Bornean orangutans in the wild, but their numbers have dwindled to just 104,700.