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Our new baby orangutan is here!

Sumagu and baby

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of a baby Sumatran orangutan, born at 9:28 p.m. last night. The baby is the third offspring for 30-year-old mom, Sumagu (soo-mah'-goo), and 27-year-old dad, Baka (bah'kuh).

Mother and baby appear to be healthy and bonding well, so the Zoo's staff has not intervened to determine the sex of the baby or any other details. The baby was clinging strongly to Sumagu within minuets after birth. The pair have also been observed successfully nursing.

Sumagu's two previous offspring were both males - Makan, born in January 2003 and Godek, born in February 2009. Both of them now make their homes at other Association of Zoos and Aquariums- accredited zoos.

In the wild, orangutan fathers do not usually participate in raising offspring, but they tend to do well in zoos where there isn't competition for food and mates. Baka revealed great fatherly instincts with his previous two offspring. Staff are hopeful with will be the case with this new little one, but just to be sure, he will be kept separated from mom ad baby for a short time.

Mother and baby are in their regular exhibit in Primate World, which will be open for guests. Depending on where Sumagu decides to spend times, she and the baby may or may not be visible to guests, but don't let that stop you form visiting the Zoo's newest mom!

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