Good news: Endangered Bornean orangutan gives birth

An endangered Bornean orangutan gave birth to a healthy girl at a Florida zoo. The species has a low birth rate.
Bornean orangutan birth

In some good news, a Bornean orangutan named Luna gave birth to a healthy girl at a Florida zoo this week. The birth was a successful c-section.

The species is endangered. It’s estimated there are around 100,000 endangered Bornean orangutans left in the world. Around 7,500 Sumatran orangutans, which are critically endangered.

Orangutans can live up to 50 years. However, the species has a relatively low reproductive rate, with females giving birth once every 5-10 years.

According to the Nature Conservancy, orangutan populations have declined by 50% since 1960.

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