English Zoo Welcomes Baby Orangutan

Orangutan babyThursday, April 11 saw the birth of a Bornean orangutan at Paignton Zoo. Mother Mali and baby are doing well. This is the first orangutan birth at the zoo since 1997.

Orangutans are in declining populations in the wild, and the birth will help increase numbers of orangutans living in zoos.

Paignton Zoo is located in Devon, England. For more info, visit their site.

Read more about the Bornean Orangutan here.

Orangutan Photographer

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On Tuesday, Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna created a Facebook page for one of its most creative residents. Nonja, a 33-year old female orangutan, is now connected to over 30,000 fans on the social networking site. What sets Nonja apart from other zoo inhabitants is her work as a photographer. Nonja takes the photos using a specially designed camera that rewards her with a raisin after each photo.

Visit the zoo at ZooViena.com.

View her Facebook page here.

Read more about the Bornean Orangutan at Animal Fact Guide.

Unlikely Animal Friends

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Many of you may be familiar with the story of Christian the lion, a YouTube sensation (and if you’re not, you really should see it). This Saturday, September 26 at 8pm ET/PT, the National Geographic Channel is showcasing several heartwarming stories about animal bonds, including the tale of Christian the lion, in its program, Unlikely Animal Friends.

The one-hour special will also feature an orangutan and a hound dog, a tortoise and a hippo, a cat and a crow, an elephant and a dog, and more.

Catch a sneak peak here:

For more info, see NationalGeographic.com