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Category: Sumatran orangutan

Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Toba

November 11 through 17 is International  Orangutan Caring Week  (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services.... Read More
at Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Elok

November 11 through 17 is International Orangutan Caring Week (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. OCW wants to... Read More
at Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Orangutan Caring Week Spotlight - Meet Negara

November 11 through 17 is International Orangutan Caring Week (OCW). OCW’s mission is to build a "critical mass of concerned voices" each November to focus attention on the species through individual efforts. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity. Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. OCW wants to... Read More
at Monday, November 12, 2018
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Toba TLC: A Few Teeth Lighter, But on the Mend

UPDATE (6/29/18): Toba continues improving after her dental procedure on Friday, May 25. She has a good appetite and is eating well, though she remains partial to softer foods. Caretakers continue to give Toba access to her indoor habitat at Great EscApe during the day and report she is off her post-surgery medications. UPDATE (6/6/18): While Toba continues to heal, caretakers report her recovery is progressing well. She is still somewhat picky about what foods she will eat, but is... Read More
at Friday, May 25, 2018
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First Great Ape Blood Draw at the OKC Zoo

Preventative medicine, including routine examinations and bloodwork, is an important part of the health and wellness of all the animals at the OKC Zoo. Historically, blood samples have only been collected from most of our large collection animals during anesthetic exams. The Veterinary team has been working alongside animal caretakers throughout the Zoo in order to be able to obtain these blood samples voluntarily through operant conditioning, in an effort to work towards decreasing anesthesia... Read More
at Thursday, June 22, 2017
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From Australia to Oklahoma: Negara’s 10,000-Mile Journey

After a two-year process, the Oklahoma City Zoo has welcomed home 23-year-old, female Sumatran orangutan Negara. The Zoo had to apply for permits from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, while Australia had to follow its government’s permitting protocol.  Almost a full year passed before both permits for Negara’s move were approved.  Laura Bottaro, OKC zoological curator, worked diligently with colleagues to write Negara’s permit and a company that specializes in... Read More
at Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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