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Endangered Sumatran orangutan welcomes baby at Sacramento Zoo

The photos of the baby are so sweet!
Baby Sumatran orangutan.
Posted at 8:28 AM, May 12, 2023

An orangutan on the Critically Endangered Species List has given birth to an adorable new addition at the Sacramento Zoo. A 19-year-old Sumatran orangutan named Indah gave birth to a male infant on May 1.

Sharing photos of the infant, the zoo writes on Facebook that both mother and son are doing well, but that Indah was having some issues with nursing the baby, so they are currently separated.

“After the birth of the infant, care staff began around-the-clock observations to be certain everything was going smoothly with the pair,” they wrote. “While Indah’s behavior was appropriate, the first-time mother was having difficulty nursing, and the team made the decision to intervene in order to provide the infant with supplemental care. The baby is currently receiving around-the-clock care by animal care and veterinary staff while the team is continuously reevaluating plans to reunite the infant with Indah. The timeframe for reintroduction is unknown at this time, but that remains the ultimate goal.”

The mother and infant are being cared for behind the scenes at the zoo and are not currently on view for the public, but the zoo says they will continue to keep the community informed on their well-being. In the meantime, though, the zoo is sharing photos of the adorable baby on social media:

This is the first orangutan birth at the Sacramento Zoo since 1981. This is also big news for the Sumatran species, as the zoo says there are currently only 79 Sumatran orangutans in human care in the United States.

According to the World Wildlife Foundation, there are currently 14,613 Sumatran orangutans in the world, making them critically endangered.

This is the second critically endangered orangutan born at a U.S. zoo in the past year, with the Oregon Zoo welcoming a Bornean orangutan in April 2022.

The Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia also recently welcomed an infant orangutan, which went viral on social media when a zookeeper taught the little one’s mother how to breastfeed.

Congratulations to the Sacramento Zoo and new mom, Indah!

This story was originally published by Kaitlin Gates on

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