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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 20 years after first time mom Jingga gave delivery within the early hours of Wednesday 14th June.

Guests will be capable 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 infant’s father, Kawan, joined her, together with Blackpool born Cherie and Summer season, in 2022.


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

The latest addition to the group may 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, mentioned: “The arrival of this very particular child is great information, not only for us right here at Blackpool Zoo, however for the species too. 

“One in all our resident females, Summer season, was the final child to be born right here and we’ve got been working laborious 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 gaggle in Germany that was extra suited to him for breeding.

“Ramon settled in nicely in his new household and has now turn into 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 specialists 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 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 gorgeous Bornean orangutans right here at Blackpool Zoo.”

The group of 5 stay 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 delivery: February twenty second 2010

Birthplace: Apeldoorn within the Netherlands

Bodily traits:  He has a protracted 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 delivery: October twentieth 2009

Birthplace: Barcelona

Bodily traits: She is the smallest feminine within the group

Persona:  She has a mild nature and may 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 considered greater than 20 million occasions

New child

Date of delivery: June 14th 2023

Birthplace: Blackpool

Bodily traits: Tiny and really, very cute

Persona: But to be found!

Different info: The child is the primary Bornean orangutan to be born at Blackpool for greater than 20 years


Date of delivery: April ninth 1997

Birthplace: Blackpool

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

Persona:  She is playful however might 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 right now her delivery was witnessed by crowds of individuals

Summer season

Date of delivery: 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 season was with Jingga throughout the delivery of the infant, which is able to give her important expertise if she turns into a mom herself in future


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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 dwelling 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, large cats, gorillas, orang-utans, sea lions, primates, zebras and kangaroos. It’s open day-after-day 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 world influence, taking part in over 800 conservation tasks, 1,400 analysis tasks and contributing greater than £24 million a yr to subject conservation. With over 30 million guests being welcomed yearly, BIAZA zoos and aquariums are recognised as providing a enjoyable and protected method to study 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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