El Paso Zoo Invites El Pasoans to Meet the New Baby Orangutan – Khaleesi
Meet the most recent addition at the El Paso Zoo, baby orangutan Khaleesi, who was born on April 23, 2015.
Parents, Khaleesi and Ibu spent approximately four months bonding behind the scenes with their baby allowing for Zoo keepers to observe both baby and mom to ensure they were doing well and that the baby was nursing with out issues.
In the last few months since her birth the staff at the Zoo spent time baby-proofing the orangutan exhibit. Once completed, Ibu and Khaleesi spent time exploring the exhibit in private, with only Zoo staff around to allow them to get comfortable with the new surroundings.
The exhibit featuring Ibu and Khaleesi is available to the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon daily.
According to the El Paso Zoo: “Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered worldwide. The birth of an orangutan is a huge milestone historic conservation achievement for the Zoo and the El Paso community, and an important contribution to the conservation of this endangered species.”