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It’s A Boy!!!

Cameron Park Zoo is asking the public to help choose a name for the Zoo’s new baby orangutan and help wild orangutan babies in the process.  A son was born to the zoo’s Bornean orangutan couple, Mei and KJ on January 12, 2017.  The primate staff has presented three names for the public to choose from.  The names are: Bawana which means “earth” or “world”; Jaka which means “young man”; and Razak which means “protector”.

Zoo supporters can vote with their dollars on-line at https://54208.blackbaudhosting.com/54208/Baby-Boy-Orangutan-Naming-Contest.   The proceeds raised through the naming contest for Cameron Park Zoo’s baby orangutan will go directly to caring for his wild baby cousins in Kalimantan.

In late 2015, fires raged across Kalimantan causing widespread forest loss and devastating impacts to wildlife populations. Tragically, many baby orangutans were left orphaned after losing their mothers and forest homes to the fires. Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) teams rescued 44 baby orangutans and the Baby House facilities at both Nyaru Menteng and Samboja Lestari rescue centers filled quickly, above and beyond capacity. Urgent plans were made to build bigger Baby Houses that could shelter the many orphaned infants being cared for at these centers. Late last year BOS began construction of new Baby Houses at both Samboja Lestari and Nyaru Menteng centers and construction of both projects is expected to be finished in April 2017.

By voting for a baby name with your donation you can help provide much needed funding for supplies that will be used to care for the orangutans at the Baby Houses in Samboja Lestari and Nyaru Menteng. The details for voting will be posted on the Zoo’s Facebook page and on the Zoo’s website. The winning name will be announced Saturday, January 28th.

This is the second baby for Mei, who is 18 years old, and Kerajaan (KJ) who is 27 years old.  The baby and Mei will remain in the night house to give mother and baby time to bond. Beginning Sunday, January 22nd the nursery window at the orangutan night house will be open to give visitors a chance to see mom and baby.