Fun Facts About the Zoo's Orangutans
Scented sheets and blankets are part of the ABQ BioPark Zoo's orangutan enrichment program. Photo: ABQ BioPark.
04/05/2017 - The ABQ BioPark Zoo is home to six Sumatran orangutans - Sarah, Tonka, Pixel, Reese, Rubi and Memala. To celebrate the Great Ape-ril, here are some fun facts about the group.
Pixel and Reese, at 4 and 8 years old, are the youngest members of the group. The two siblings are playful and love to explore. The entire group gets along well, but the adults are less active than the juveniles.
Four-year-old Pixel is full of energy. According to Zookeeper Supervisor Debbie Wiese, the adults in the group pretty much let Pixel get away with whatever he wants.
The orangutans have an active environmental enrichment program that includes balls and drums in their habitat, scented sheets and blankets, boxes for nesting and scattered feeding. This rotation of items keeps the orangutans mentally and physically stimulated by giving them a variety of objects to interact with on a daily basis.
Sarah and Tonka have had 5 offspring, including Reese and Pixel, who are still here at the BioPark. Sarah is the only breeding female in the group.