Oldest Orangutan – level 3

01-11-2016 15:00

Puan, an old resident of Perth Zoo, has been named the world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan in captivity. The Guinness Book of World Records gave her the title as she turned 60.

Her keeper said that her species normally do not live past 50. Puan is a little bit arthritic, so she does have some arthritis medication, but otherwise she is in really good condition.

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.

Ever since Puan came to the zoo, the zoo has become one of the top breeders of orangutans. She is the matriarch of the colony, having 11 children as well as a number of grand and great-grandchildren.

Difficult words: resident (somebody/something that resides – lives somewhere), species (an animal kind), matriarch (a woman who is the head of a family).

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