Male Sumatran Orangutan Kluet is celebrating his 25th birthday.
“This morning we gave Sumatran Orangutan Kluet enrichment boxes filled with treats including tropical fruits, popcorn, a cosy blanket and his favourite Banana Palm,” said keeper Brittney Marangon.
“Kluet loves people and definitely has his favourite keepers. He’s also quite the tech lover and enjoys looking at images on my mobile and swipes when he’s ready to move onto the next image. He also loves watching videos of himself, Puspa our female Orangutan and other animals.
“Kluet definitely knows what he wants. He’s not afraid to let us know when he’s had enough of technology and makes a noise to tell us he’s bored,” finished Brittney.
The Sumatran Orangutan is listed as being critically endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
In the wild, the Sumatran Orangutan, sometimes referred to as ‘the old man of the forest,’ faces an incredibly tough battle for survival. Loss of habitat due to logging, agriculture and land clearing as well as illegal killing are just some of the major threats to this species which is threatened with possible extinction in the next ten years.
As a conservation charity with the purpose of connecting people with nature and saving animals from extinction, Zoos SA supports wildlife field programs in South East Asia which focus on protecting species including the Orangutan.
Adelaide Zoo is now reopen to the public. Members and visitors are asked to book tickets online at www.adelaidezoo.com.au/tickets/