Orphaned Orangutan Mimi turns 3 at Monkey World!
Orphaned orangutan Mimi turned three years old on Friday 17th August, and her keepers at Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre celebrated by throwing her a party- complete with jelly, fruit and friends!
Mimi came to the centre in 2016 after her mother at Moscow zoo didn’t care for her. She joined Europe’s only orangutan crèche at Monkey World, and was adopted by adult female Oshine. Already present in the nursery were two Sumatran infants, Rieke & Bulu Mata, and adolescent males, Silvestre and Jin. The nursery gives a family to youngsters who would otherwise have had to be reared away from their own kind- a contributing factor to whether they become successful parents themselves.
The nursery family were given extra special treats on Mimi’s birthday, specially made for the young orangutans. Tasty fruit was hidden in sugar- free jelly, and freshly picked rosehips were an added bonus for the gang. Mimi and Oshine were first to check out the goodies on offer, and quickly picked a plate to tuck into- with Mimi even licking the bowl clean!
Monkey World is home to Europe’s only Orang-utan Crèche. As members of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP) for this species, Monkey World offers a home to any babies born in European zoos and wildlife parks that are orphaned, or unable to be raised by their own mothers. Monkey World also rescues and rehabilitates orang-utans that have been smuggled from the wild.
Monkey World is now home to 3 groups of orang-utans numbering 14 individuals of the two different species (Bornean and Sumatran). This is the largest group of orang-utans kept outside of Asia.
Mimi lives in the nursery with 3 year old Sumatran orang-utans, Bulu-Mata (male) and Rieke (female), 8 year old Sumatran orang-utan Silvestre (male), and 8 year old Bornean orang-utan Jin (male) and adult Bornean females, Oshine & RoRo.
The main threat to the orang-utan in the wild is habitat loss due to the logging of primary forest for agricultural land and, in particular, the unsustainable palm oil industry. They are also used in the entertainment industry or as pets and, although this is illegal, it is a growing industry in South-East Asia and the Middle East.
Bornean and Sumatran orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus and Pongo abelii) are the world’s largest tree-dwellers and originate from Indonesia and Malaysia.
With over 250 primates of more than 20 different species, Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre is the largest primate rescue centre of its kind in the world.
To follow the lives of the primates at Monkey World, watch the series of “Monkey Life” on Freeview Sky Pick. For full listings please see http://www.monkeyworld.org/monkey-life
For more information, or to arrange a visit to the park please contact
PR Manager Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre
Longthorns Wareham Dorset BH20 6HH