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Critically Endangered Orangutan Born at Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo has welcomed its first critically endangered Bornean orangutan child for greater than twenty years after first time mom Jingga gave start within the early hours of Wednesday 14th June.

Guests will have the ability to see the toddler, which keepers have confirmed as male, when the orangutan home is reopened on Saturday 1st July following a brief interval of closure to permit mom and son to bond.

Jingga, who’s 13, got here to Blackpool in 2017 from her birthplace in Barcelona and the newborn’s father, Kawan, joined her, together with Blackpool born Cherie and Summer time, in 2022.


Kawan, who can also be 13, arrived from Apenheul Zoo within the Netherlands and was an immediate hit with the females.

The latest addition to the group could be very particular certainly because the species is in actual hazard of changing into extinct within the wild and Blackpool’s group of orangutans are a part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP).


Darren Webster, Director at Blackpool Zoo, stated: “The arrival of this very particular child is fantastic information, not only for us right here at Blackpool Zoo, however for the species too. 

“One in every of our resident females, Summer time, was the final child to be born right here and we have now been working exhausting to create a breeding group to assist safeguard the way forward for this magnificent species.


“Kawan’s arrival marked the start of a brand new begin after our earlier male, Ramon moved to a bunch in Germany that was extra suited to him for breeding.

“Ramon settled in effectively in his new household and has now grow to be a father himself, so we’re delighted that the transfer was an enormous success for each collections.


“Kawan was chosen to type a breeding group at Blackpool Zoo following in depth talks with consultants from the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and specialist keepers from the UK and past.

“The Bornean orangutan was categorized as critically endangered in July 2016 by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Which means that this species now faces an “extraordinarily excessive” danger of extinction within the wild.

“This makes breeding programmes such because the EEP completely important and we hope that that is the beginning of a brand new technology of lovely Bornean orangutans right here at Blackpool Zoo.”

The group of 5 reside in Blackpool Zoo’s £1million Orangutan Outlook facility, which has been specifically designed to satisfy the difficult wants of the magnificent species.

Meet Blackpool Zoo’s Bornean orangutan household:


Date of start: February twenty second 2010

Birthplace: Apeldoorn within the Netherlands

Bodily traits:  He has an extended face and slim construct (though this can change in time as he continues to mature)

Persona:  He’s very calm and laid again, he loves meals enrichment together with the yogurt dipper and blue tubes containing frozen meals.

Different info: He’s the youngest grownup within the group and now a first-time father!


Date of start: October twentieth 2009

Birthplace: Barcelona

Bodily traits: She is the smallest feminine within the group

Persona:  She has a mild nature and could be very inquisitive; she likes to be concerned and watch what’s going on round her

Different info: Appeared in a viral video in 2015 which has been seen greater than 20 million occasions

New child

Date of start: June 14th 2023

Birthplace: Blackpool

Bodily traits: Tiny and really, very cute

Persona: But to be found!

Different info: The newborn is the primary Bornean orangutan to be born at Blackpool for greater than twenty years


Date of start: April ninth 1997

Birthplace: Blackpool

Bodily traits:  Her hair is a extra auburn, deep tone of pink

Persona:  She is playful however may be strong-willed and cussed!

Different info: Cherie was born within the exterior paddock at Blackpool Zoo at 1.45pm. Because the zoo was open to guests at the moment her start was witnessed by crowds of individuals

Summer time

Date of start: Might twenty third 2002

Birthplace: Blackpool

Bodily traits: Her hair is extra orange than auburn and she or he has a round-shaped face.

Persona: Playful and inquisitive

Different info:  Summer time was with Jingga in the course of the start of the newborn, which can give her important expertise if she turns into a mom herself in future


Footage / Movies present:

Extra details about Blackpool Zoo:

Blackpool Zoo is owned by Parques Reunidos, the second largest European leisure parks operator and a number one world-wide participant. The zoo is house to over 1,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates set amidst thirty-seven acres of mature woodland and lakes.  

The zoo’s signature animals embody elephants, giraffes, huge cats, gorillas, orang-utans, sea lions, primates, zebras and kangaroos. It’s open daily of the yr, other than Christmas Day, from 10am. For extra info go to www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk  

Blackpool Zoo is a member of The British and Irish Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which is a conservation, schooling and wildlife charity, representing over 100 of the perfect zoos and aquariums in Britain and Eire. 

BIAZA collections have international affect, collaborating in over 800 conservation initiatives, 1,400 analysis initiatives and contributing greater than £24 million a yr to area conservation. With over 30 million guests being welcomed yearly, BIAZA zoos and aquariums are recognised as providing a enjoyable and protected strategy to find out about animals and collectively they ship formal schooling periods to greater than 1 million college students.


For additional info please contact:

Paula Holden at ICG on 01772 679383 or on 07772268378 or e-mail [email protected]

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