15 April 2011

Adorable baby Bornean orangutan born at Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo has announced the birth of a beautiful endangered orangutan!

The baby’s mother Kelly, refused the newborn after 12 hours of its birth, but thanks to caregivers and staff at the Houston Zoo and a stuffed surrogate orangutan, this glossy-eyed baby is making wonderful progress being hand-reared. The goal of the caregivers is to reintroduce the unnamed baby to its mother, Kelly or a surrogate orangutan, Cheyenne.

Orangutans reside in the wild only in Borneo and Sumatra. They are an endangered species in their own homes due to poaching, logging and palm harvesting. Thousands of innocent animals are slaughtered because of palm harvesting, and although you may not know it, palm oil and wax is a widely used product that can be found in items in your home. Purchasing sustainably harvested palm or none at all can help save the lives of these beautiful creatures.

The Houston Zoo is keeping the public informed and aware of the newborn via webclips and blogging until the baby is able to be out in public view.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: Houston Zoo