Exceptional Birth of an Orangutan Baby in Paris

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Little Java, an orangutan was born at the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

Java, an Orangutan was born on October 17th at the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, where there had been no birth of orangutan since 2005. This species of Borneo is in danger.

It is the only birth of orangutan in France in 2018 . Java was born on October 17th at the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris . 

The last birth of an orangutan at the menagerie dates back to 2005 , says the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN).

“A fusional couple”

Java’s mother is Theodora, a female “calm and calm” aged 30 years. Born in Jersey, she arrived in 2007 at the menagerie, accompanied by her daughter Tamu, born in 2004 in England. Banggi, the father of Java, is a young male born in 2006 in Spain.

“The love story” started with the arrival of the male to the menagerie in 2016. “The attraction of Banggi to Theodora was immediate,” according to the Museum. It is a “fusional couple”.

But Banggi is currently separated from Theodora “because in the wild males do not raise their offspring,” says the Museum.

Java is the fifth Urangutan to join the group, the oldest being the famous Nénette, who is close to fifty. Born around 1969 in the forests of Borneo, victim of poaching, Nénette arrived at the menagerie Parisienne in 1972.

A species threatened with extinction

Borneo’s orangutans are on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as a critically endangered species. In 20 years, the populations of orangutans have lost 80% of their territory and have reduced by half. It would remain between 50,000 and 60,000 orangutans in Borneo.

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