Oldest Orangutan – level 2

01-11-2016 15:00

Puan was named the world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan in captivity. The Guinness Book of World Records gave her the title as she turned 60. Sumatran orangutans normally do not live past 50.

Puan is a little bit arthritic but she is in really good condition a part from that. The Sultan of Johor gifted her to the zoo in 1968, and Johor is one of Malaysia’s states. In return, Australia gave him some native Australian animals to take back to Malaysia.

Perth Zoo is one of the top breeders of orangutans. Puan is the matriarch of the orangutan group. She has 11 children as well as many grand and great-grandchildren.

Difficult words: captivity (not free), arthritic (having problems with your joints the body part which connects your bones), breeder (an institution which breeds animals – lets them have babies), matriarch (a woman who is the head of a family).

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