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Critically endangered orangutan born at Chester Zoo

Credit: Chester Zoo Keepers at Chester Zoo have released footage of the first moments of their new baby orangutan. The newborn is yet to be named and can be seen cradled by its doting mother, Leia. Keepers say the new arrival is ‘bright and alert’ and is suckling well from mum. Bornean orangutans are listed as critically endangered in the wild. The species is threatened by illegal hunting, habitat destruction and loss of forest for the creation of palm oil plantations. Recent estimates suggest as few as 55,000 orangutans remain on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, which is the only place they can be found in the wild. The group of orangutans at Chester Zoo are part of an international breeding programme working to conserve the species.

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