Keepers and staff at Twycross Zoo are incredibly saddened to announce the death of their baby orang-utan, born on 28th November 2013.
Mum, Kibriah, proved to be a very attentive and caring mother and despite
displaying her obvious sadness seems to be physically well this morning, and will be monitored very closely over the next few weeks.
Dr Charlotte Macdonald, Head of Life Sciences, commented:
“Despite the tragic outcome, we are incredibly proud of Kibriah. The keepers will continue to ensure she receives the best possible comfort and care through this difficult time.
“The loss of this baby orang-utan marks not only a very sad day for Twycross Zoo, but as an endangered species every baby is vital for the future survival of orang-utans which are severely threatened in the wild.”
A full post-mortem will be carried out within the next seven days to establish the exact cause of death.
Twycross Zoo participates in numerous European Breeding Programmes for endangered species, including all types of great ape.