For the first time in 25 years, the National Zoo has a new orangutan. Officials announced that a male Bornean orangutan was born last night. As a result, the Great Ape House will remain closed for the immediate future to give the infant a chance to bond with his mother, Batang.
Meredith Bastian, Smithsonian’s curator of primates, calls this a “historic moment” for the National Zoo, and they should. This is the first time in 25 years that the National Zoo has been able to celebrate the birth of a male Bornean orangutan.
And so far, so good. Zoo officials say that Batang has been nursing her new baby and that he “has been clinging closely to his mother.”