The Kansas City Zoo is proud to announce the birth of a male Bornean Orangutan. Born on May 23 to Mom Josie, who is turning 14 years old later this month, he is cozying-up and tucked in close to Josie’s chest. As soon as the male was born, Zookeepers enacted the birth management plan which begins with observation of mom and baby. Josie was observed and continues to be very attentive and feeding him regularly.
Josie’s strong motherly instincts are due in large part to her own mother Jill, age 40, also at KCZoo. Jill taught Josie all the skills needed to be an amazing orangutan mother. Orangutan youngsters have long intensive relationships with their mothers, probably the longest of any mammal except for humans. After an eight to nine month pregnancy, the next seven or more years are spent learning the vital skills of how to be an orangutan like how to build nests, where to find food, how to interact with others and how to use tools to forage.
Josie and baby along with Kali and Jill are now on exhibit for public viewing. However, Josie’s strong maternal drive can make her a bit uncooperative with Zookeepers and she may not be seen on exhibit at times, preferring to stay indoors and dote on the yet unnamed baby boy.
Guests can visit Orangutan Canopy during our extended summer hours every day starting at 8 am.