17 Aug, 2021 @ 15:15
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IN PICS: Baby orangutan born in Fuengirola in southern Spain and it’s a girl!

Bornean Orangutan At Bioparc Fuengirola In Malaga, Spain 14 Aug 2021
A Bornean orangutan called Muka (L) is seen looking its baby as they stand at their enclosure inside facilities of Bioparc Fuengirola. A Bornean orangutan newborn baby was born at Bioparc Fuengirola on 4 August being the only Bornean orangutan baby born in Europe during the last 12 months, as part of the European program of preservation of the species. - Jesus Merida / SOPA Images//SOPAIMAGES_SOPA014045/2108141148/Credit:SOPA Images/SIPA/2108141151 *** Local Caption *** 01033559

THE Bornean orangutan is an endangered species and is the first to be born in a European Orangutan Conservation Programme in 12 months.

Orangutans usually give birth at night, but Suli, the baby orangutan’s mother, surprised the zoology team at Bioparc and gave birth in broad daylight on August 4. 

Bornean Orangutan At Bioparc Fuengirola In Malaga, Spain 14 Aug 2021
Mother Suli holds newborn baby at Bioparc Fuengirola. (Credit:SOPA Images)

Veterans of the zoo say that Suli and her infant are in perfect condition and already playing games together in the Bioparc’s rainforest. 

Bornean Orangutan At Bioparc Fuengirola In Malaga, Spain 14 Aug 2021
Mother and cub playing together (Credit:SOPA Images)

The zoology and veterinary teams will continue to monitor the newborn 24-hours a day, though they will not intervene unless there are signs of illness and distress.

Bornean Orangutan At Bioparc Fuengirola In Malaga, Spain 14 Aug 2021
Baby orangutan playing on the vines (Credit:SOPA Images/)

They will look out for things like how the pair are interacting, how the mother cleans her baby, and how well it feeds. 

Unlike other animals, the mother will continue to raise her baby for around seven years, and won’t usually have another one until she’s happy her youngest can fend for itself. 

Bornean Orangutan At Bioparc Fuengirola In Malaga, Spain 14 Aug 2021
Mother and cub climbing the walls (Credit:SOPA Images)

The Bornean orangutan is one of the most iconic primate species in the tropical rainforests of Asia, and has recently been listed in serious danger of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The new baby, a girl who has yet to be named, is the only one to be born in the European breeding scheme in the past 12 months, according to the zoo.

“She’s like a little jewel for conservation and another contribution to the captive breeding programme in European zoos,” Antonio Garrucho, head keeper at the zoo, told Reuters.

Bornean Orangutan At Bioparc Fuengirola In Malaga, Spain 14 Aug 2021
(Credit:SOPA Images)

While Bioparcs like Fuengirola are doing all they can to preserve the species, it’s not enough. The natural habitat of the species is being destroyed, with companies burning down forests for palm oil. 

Poaching is also a problem, causing a loss of 2,000 to 4,000 orangutans a year.

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Katherine Brook

Katherine Brook joined the Olive Press in June 2021. Originally from the UK, Katherine has worked as a freelance journalist for The Times, Culture Trip and many London based titles. She is also a copywriter for food, drink and fitness brands. She is a keen trail runner, cyclist, and enjoys exploring different food cuisines. Get in touch with a story katherine@theolivepress.es

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