- Look for Tonka (Sept. 1979). He's the biggest and has large cheek pads.
- Say "hi" to Memala (Oct. 1969). She's small, but still the dominant female.
- Wave to Rubi (Nov. 1993). She is very smart and has dark hair.
- Look for Sarah (May 1983). Offspring Reese and Pixel are always near.
- Catch young Reese (Oct. 2008), swinging on her jungle gym.
- Spot baby Pixel (Apr. 2013).
Sumatran orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus abelii) live on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The name orangutan means "person of the forest." They share almost 97 percent of their DNA with humans and are extremely intelligent. Orangutans are great tool users and teach each other.
Our Actions Matter
Orangutan populations have declined by 80% due to habitat destruction. Millions of acres of rainforest are cut down each year to produce palm oil, the most produced edible oil in the world.
Make small changes to save orangutan habitat:
- Choose candies, cosmetics and other sustainable products with the help of our orangutan-safe product guide.
- Learn more at the Zoo's Orangutan Care Day.
- Support the New Mexico BioPark Society.
- Access the Palm Oil Toolkit.
"Pixel" the Baby Orangutan
- August 8, 2013: Whoops, she is a HE! The baby orangutan had its first physical, and vets discovered the baby is actually male. The little guy's new name is 'Pixel.'
- May 20, 2013: BioPark Facebook fans voted and chose 'Pixi' as their favorite name for the baby.
- May 12, 2013: People magazine shared an article about Sarah and her baby for Mother's Day.
- May 11, 2013: At the Orangutan Baby Shower and gender reveal party, the BioPark announced the baby is a girl. Guests started voting for their favorite name (Pixi, Sian, Indie or Betty).
- April 26, 2013: Happy birthday, baby! Keepers arrived at the Zoo this morning to find Sarah and her healthy newborn. The baby's name and gender will be determined at a later date.
- Nov. 2012: Sarah the orangutan surprised zookeepers by showing signs of pregnancy. A pregnancy test and an ultrasound confirm that a baby is on the way.
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