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Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan Born at the San Diego Zoo; America Online Members across the Country Join Forces to Name the Infant.

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DULLES, Va. & SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 10, 2004

After several months of anxious anticipation, great ape great ape

one of the larger monkeys, usually the tailless ones; includes gorilla, orang-utan, chimpanzee.
 keepers at the San Diego Zoo San Diego Zoo

One of the world's largest collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles, located in San Diego, Calif., and administered by the Zoological Society of San Diego. The 100-acre (40.
 were thrilled to witness the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan The Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) is the rarer of the two species of orangutans. Living and endemic to Sumatra island of Indonesia, they are smaller than the Bornean Orangutan. The Sumatran Orangutan grows to about 4.6 feet tall and 200 pounds in males.  on March 5. The mother and infant made their public debut today in the Zoo's newest habitat "Absolutely Apes."

The apparently healthy male infant is being cuddled, nursed and gingerly cared for by his 17-year-old, first-time mom Indah.

"This birth is very significant for the San Diego Zoo and the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan population," said Lead Animal Keeper Kim Livingstone. "We were hoping that Indah would get pregnant, and we're very excited to now have a healthy male newborn."

Indah had the baby late in the afternoon in her off-exhibit bedroom. For the past several days keepers have kept a close eye on the duo to make sure the newborn is healthy, nursing and being cared for properly. Indah and her infant made their public debut today (March 9) in the 8,400 square-foot they share with several other apes. People worldwide can watch the pair via "Ape Cam" on the Zoo's Web site daily from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PT.

The next major milestone for the special infant is finding a perfect name. The San Diego Zoo has teamed up with America Online See AOL.  to create a virtual naming ceremony that gives AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services.  members across the country the exclusive opportunity to name the baby orangutan orangutan (ōrăng`tăn), an ape, Pongo pygmaeus, found in swampy coastal forests of Borneo and Sumatra. . Starting today, AOL members can go to Keyword: What's New @ the Zoo and choose among five different Sumatran names that reflect the baby orangutan's indigenous homeland and a little bit about his personality. The names are Bahasa in origin - the official language of Sumatra.

"We are thrilled to expand AOL's popular online naming ceremony through our new relationship with the San Diego Zoo," said Tina Sharkey, Senior Vice President, Life Management and Community. "In the past, more than 700,000 AOL members have voted in our exclusive virtual naming ceremonies for new baby animals, and we know that this adorable baby orangutan will receive a tremendous response. Our members love animals and the Zoo, and this is a truly unique and valuable opportunity for them to connect with this adorable new baby and learn more about the endangered orangutan."

The names AOL members can choose from include:

Pasti - to be certain or definite.

Suka -- to be fond of.

Merduka -- independent and free.

Gembria -- to be glad and cheerful.

Cinta -- love and affection.

The exclusive online naming ceremony is part of "What's New @ the Zoo," a programming area on AOL's Research & Learn Channel that brings the delight and enjoyment of the Zoo directly to AOL members. In addition to playing a role in naming the new baby ape, members can access photos, quick facts and statistics to learn more about orangutans. Most recently, "What's New @ the Zoo" feature allowed more than 300,000 AOL members to choose names for Felix & Cleo, the brother-sister pair of mountain lion cubs at the Queens Zoo in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.

Located at AOL Keyword: What's New @ the Zoo, the baby orangutan naming ceremony, which kicks off today, will run through March 23. The most popular name will be announced March 24.

America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is operated by the not-for-profit Zoological Society of San Diego. The Zoological Society, dedicated to the conservation of endangered species endangered species, any plant or animal species whose ability to survive and reproduce has been jeopardized by human activities. In 1999 the U.S. government, in accordance with the U.S.  and their habitats, engages in conservation and research work around the globe. The Zoological Society also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park Wild Animal Park may refer to:
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park, in San Diego, California, United States
  • Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, in Bedfordshire, England
  • South Lakes Wild Animal Park, near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England (UK)
See also
  • Zoo
 (more than half of which has been set aside as protected native species habitat) and the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES Cres (tsərĕs`), Ital. Cherso, island, 158 sq mi (409 sq km), in the Adriatic Sea, W Croatia. Formerly in Austria-Hungary, it passed to Italy in 1918 and to Yugoslavia (of which Croatia was then a constituent republic) in 1947. ), and is working to establish field stations in five key ecological areas worldwide.

Video Includes:

Footage of baby orangutan with mother.

Interview with Kim Livingstone, lead animal keeper, San Diego Zoo.
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