The Kansas City Zoo is proud to announce the names chosen for our adorable baby orangutan and baby chimpanzee born earlier this year.
There are few things more adorable than a baby orangutan! On May 23, a male Bornean Orangutan was born at the Kansas City Zoo. First-time mom Josie has strong motherly instincts and has been taking great care of the little guy since his birth! Josie’s mom Jill, who is also at the KCZoo, taught her everything she knows about being a mom. Orangutan youngsters have long intense relationships with their mothers, so Josie will spend the next several years showing him vital orangutan skills like how to build nests, where to find food, how to interact with others and how to use tools to forage. A generous private donor has named this youngster “Dusty.” You can see his handsome little face along with Josie, Grandma Jill and Kali at the Orangutan Canopy.
Our chimpanzee troop keeps on growing; this time with a baby girl! She was born to mom Teeoni on April 1, but just days after her birth, her mother was no longer caring for her. In the best interest of the infant, Zookeepers began the challenging work of hand-raising her, providing her with round the clock care. We are proud to say this three-month-old is thriving! Always in close contact to the rest of the chimpanzee troop, keepers are working with other potential surrogate moms for the baby when she is big enough to rejoin the group. A longtime supporter of the Zoo has chosen a meaningful name for this little girl that symbolizes the hard work and dedication the keeper staff has put forth to raise her in the absence of her mother. She has been named “Ruw” (RUE) which is short for Ruwenzori, the nickname of the Zookeeper team that cares for our chimpanzee troop.
If you wish you could take one of these precious ape babies home with you, we have the perfect solution! Adopt them through our Adopt A Wild Child Program.