It's a girl! Denver Zoo announces birth of baby orangutan

The Gazette Updated: March 30, 2018 at 7:13 pm • Published: March 30, 2018 0
photo - The Denver Zoo announced the birth of baby orangutan Cerah on March 30. Cerah was born Sunday and is not currently in public view.  (Photo credit: Denver Zoo - Twitter)
The Denver Zoo announced the birth of baby orangutan Cerah on March 30. Cerah was born Sunday and is not currently in public view. (Photo credit: Denver Zoo - Twitter)

The Denver Zoo has announced the birth of a female orangutan.

The baby was born Sunday to the zoo's clan of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans— which are native to Northern Sumatra in Indonesia. 

The Denver Zoo announced the birth of baby orangutan Cerah on March 30. Cerah was born Sunday and is not currently in public view. (Photo credit: Denver Zoo - Twitter) 

The baby ape is named Cerah (pronounced Che-rah), an Indonesian word that means "bright." 

"Born to mom, Nias (Nee-uhs), and dad, Berani (buhr-AH-nee), Cerah arrived through a natural and uneventful birth on the evening of Sunday, March 25, and keepers report both mom and baby are in good health," the Denver Zoo wrote on Facebook Friday afternoon. 

According to the Denver Zoo website, there are about 9,200 Sumatran orangutans left in thee wild. Habitat loss has threatened the species.  

Cerah is currently resting and bonding with her mom, but is expected to make her public debut sometime in the next two weeks at the Great Apes exhibit in Primate Panorama, according to the zoo. 

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