Saturday, April 25, 2009

Camera Critters: Orangutan

The zoo in Hamburg has a big group of Sumatran Orangutan and has been breeding them very successfully in the last few years. One of their females, Bella, is one of the oldest Orangutan in captivity with 48 years and has given birth to a baby only three years ago.
Their enclosure is housed in a big dome that can be opened when the weather is warm enough
here's the view from upstairs

Moko, Bella's daughter and her baby


There are many places to hide food like honey or yoghurt in the enclosure and the orangutans will forage for it during the day. Here Tuan, the male of the group (not yet showing the fur and big cheeks of an adult male) trying to get honey out of the stem with a small stick

They share their enclosures with dwarf otters and at first the orangs were absolutely terrified of the otters. Now they have become used to them, but still treat them with caution, the otters will sometimes run up to an orang sitting on the ground and try to nip its feet or fingers.
Tuan gets close for a better view

See more cute critters over at Camera critters

If you want to help save Orangutans in the wild, go to RedApes - learn more about them, why they are nearly extinct and what you can do.


Minie said...

that was cute post of orangutan. i love the post with her cute little babies. ",) how sweet is the mother looking after with her cute little babies.

Russ said...

That's cute! I love the "look" she's giving the otters...

Kate said...

Primates are so much fun to watch; great captures.

Indrani said...

It is so interesting to observe them.

Shey said...

This dome is impressive! The photos are too. Very cool shots.

Love to visit this zoo someday.


Snap said...

Wonderful photos. Orangutans are so gorgeous .. their coloring is magnificent ... and so smart. We could learn a lot from them.

i beati said...

omg the expressions !!

Misty Dawn said...

I absolutely adore that last photo! That is priceless!

Dianne said...

these are fabulous photos
love Mom and daughter together
and I love the shot with the otters, her look says it all

Janie said...

I love watching orangutans. They're so delightfully humanoid.
Great photos!

Anonymous said...

WoW Great shots - the baby is really cute too!

Manz said...

All terrific images... but I love the last one the most. Curious yet cautious ;)

Plus it's always good to see us humans work harder at creating appropriate habits for these beauties.

Karen said...

Great shots !!

I like that last one, of Tuan staring at the otters..

redapes said...

What beautiful photos! {:(|)

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Adrienne in Ohio said...

This is such a great post! I think they have one of the nicest enclosures I have ever seen at a zoo. How nice that it can be opened on warm days.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Wonderful photos you captured them so well. I love the first shot as well