The newest mother-daughter duo at the Indianapolis Zoo is having an exciting week. The pair got to venture into the atrium for the first time on Tuesday.
Indianapolis Zoo welcomed the first orangutan birth for the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center at 5:07 p.m. on March 23, 2016. Mother Sirih and first-time father, 14-year-old Basan, were recommended as a breeding pair through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, a program ensuring a sustainable, genetically diverse and demographically varied AZA population.
The zoo reported that Sirih gave birth in a behind-the-scenes area and started cleaning and tending to her newborn. First time father, 14-year-old Basan and the rest of the orangutans witnessed the birth with quiet curiosity. Now, Sirih and her baby can venture out into the Atrium, and Mom has been building lots of big, comfortable nests for resting, the zoo said.
Because mother orangutans may need more than two or three times the amount of calories while nursing, Sirih is enjoying foods that are energy dense and high in protein, including hard boiled eggs, Spanish peanuts, cooked white potato and protein bars. Sirih is also receiving lots of fluids to help with her milk supply.
Sirih was keeping a tight hold on her baby, so the gender is still to be determined. May they remain happy and healthy, as they play their part in returning the orangutan population to its former glory.
Happy Monk(Ape)day :_)