Baby orangutan - level 3

Baby orangutan - level 3

27-02-2014 07:00

A safari park in Indonesia’s East Java has welcomed a very special new arrival. A baby orangutan was born at the park on Valentine’s Day. The birth is extra special because the male baby is a Borneo orangutan, an endangered species.

Staff has been carefully managing a breeding programme that has seen the number of orangutans at the park reach 25. Excited zookeepers couldn’t get near the baby for the first few days because the mother Dina was very protective of her new bundle of joy. But now, they’ve had the chance to get close to him and have named him Dana.

Park vet Ayu said everything was going well with both mother and baby.

“This birth is the third for Dina. She’s used to taking care of her own babies. Dana was born naturally in mid-February, as was estimated by the medical team, and he’s been breast-fed normally.”

Dubbed as the last of Asia’s great apes, orangutans once roamed the region, but the World Wildlife Fund now estimates their dwindling numbers are between 45,000 and 69,000.

Difficult words: breeding (reproduction), bundle of joy (baby), dub (label), roam (lived all over), World Wildlife Fund (an organization that helps animals), dwindling (becoming smaller).

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