Critically endangered orangutan “Menari” expecting twins


NEW ORLEANS, La (BRPROUD) – The Audubon Zoo announced successful breeding with 12-year-old Menari, a Sumatran orangutan is expecting twins in late December to early January.

“We are very excited about this pregnancy,” Audubon’s Senior Veterinarian Bob MacLean said. “Twinning is extremely rare in orangutans–there is only about a 1% chance of this happening.”

Menari was born at the Audubon Zoo in 2009 and mated with Jambi, a male orangutan. She is a first time mother. The Zoo veterinary team is working diligently to prepare the 12-year-old orangutan for motherhood. With any first pregnancy, there is the possibility of issues with lactation, basic mothering skills, and dynamics within the orangutan group post-birth. 

The news comes before Peek-a-Boo, an Audubon Zoo annual Halloween event where families can participate from Wednesday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 24.

Learn more about the Audubon Zoo here.

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