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A baby Bornean orangutan is born at Bioparc Fuengirola

The mother, Suli, surprised staff and visitors.
The mother, Suli, surprised staff and visitors. / BIOPARC FUENGIROLA
  • The youngster, one of a species considered at serious danger of extinction, made a surprise arrival on the Costa del Sol

Bioparc Fuengirola, on the Costa del Sol, has welcomed a new arrival with the birth of a baby orangutan.

On 4 August, Suli, a female Bornean orangutan that is part of the group that lives in Bioparc Fuengirola, surprised both the staff and visitors, having her young in broad daylight and in full view of everyone. The zoology team and vets say that most primate births occur at night.

Both the mother and baby are in perfect condition, and, once again, Suli, who had her first born in 2016, is proving to be a good mother.

This is the first birth of a baby Bornean orangutan in Europe within conservation programme for the species in the last 12 months; and is especially important given that the species is critically endangered.

The Bornean orangutan is one of the best-known and most iconic primate species in the tropical rainforests of Asia. It has recently been listed as in serious danger of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Since the opening of Bioparc Fuengirola in 2001, the park has actively participated in the conservation and reproduction programme of the species at a European level.

The natural habitat of this species suffers from massive logging and burning issues due to the expansion of the palm oil and logging industries, in addition to poaching and illegal trafficking, causing an estimated loss of between 2,000 and 4,000 orangutans a year.

The Bioparc Foundation, collaborates with the Borneo Nature Foundation (formerly Outrop) with habitat restoration and reforestation actions in the Sabangau forest in Borneo. In addition, it carries out research activities in the forest, as well as a sustainable development and education initiative with the locals to protect the island's natural resources.