Baby orangutan born on Eid in Taman Safari Indonesia named ‘Fitri’

Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java has recently welcomed a female baby orangutan named Fitri, who was born on the second day of Eid al-Fitr. Photo: Kementerian LHK
Taman Safari Indonesia in Bogor, West Java has recently welcomed a female baby orangutan named Fitri, who was born on the second day of Eid al-Fitr. Photo: Kementerian LHK

Here’s a bit of heartwarming animal news coming from Taman Safari Bogor in West Java, as the zoo and conservation site has recently welcomed a female baby orangutan named Fitri. 

Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar named the ape Fitri as she was born during the festivities of Eid al-Fitr, which fell on May 24. Fitri was born to Evi and Ipung, a pair of Bornean orangutans that reportedly mated in early September of last year. 

 

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Kabar Gembira 🇮🇩 . Bertepatan dengan momentum Hari Keanekaragaman Hayati Dunia yang jatuh pada tanggal 22 Mei dan Idul Fitri pada tanggal 24 Mei, kabar gembira datang dari lembaga konservasi Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) Cisarua. . Alhamdulillah, Selasa (25/5/2020) sekitar jam 05.00 Wib telah lahir seekor bayi orang utan betina. Bayi orang utan ini merupakan orang utan Kalimantan (Pongo pygmaeus) dari induk Evi dan jantan Ipung. . Mengingat kelahirannya masih dalam suasana hari raya Idul Fitri, saya menamakan bayi orang utan ini dengan nama Fitri. . Laporan terakhir, Fitri terlihat sehat dan sudah menyusu pada induknya. . Kelahiran Fitri melengkapi kebahagiaan, karena pada bulan lalu (28/04/2020), seekor anakan gajah juga lahir di TSI Bogor. Anakan gajah ini diberi nama Covid lantaran lahir pada saat dunia mengalami pandemi COVID-19. . KLHK mencatat bahwa selama penutupan Lembaga Konservasi (LK) dan berlangsungnya Penerapan Sosial Berskala Besar (PSBB), banyak satwa yang lahir di Lembaga Konservasi antara lain Gajah Sumatera di TSI Cisarua dan Gembira Loka Yogyakarta. . Ini menandakan bahwa pengelola LK telah menerapkan kesejahteraan satwa dengan baik sehingga satwa dapat berkembangbiak secara alami dan telah menjalankan fungsinya sebagai tempat pengembangbiakan di luar habitat yang tetap mempertahankan kemurnian genetiknya. . Diharapkan melalui program captive breeding ini, konservasi ex-situ link to in-situ bisa dijalankan dan pada akhirnya peningkatan populasi in-situ dapat tercapai. . Mari kita jaga alam Indonesia dan lestarikan. Untuk hari ini dan masa depan generasi kita nanti. #klhk #orangutan #kementerianlhk

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“[She was] given the name by Madam Minister Siti Nurbaya. The time of her birth was right on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, May 25, that’s why she’s named ‘Fitri,’” Taman Safari Indonesia’s director Jansen Manansang said yesterday.

TSI said Fitri was born at 5am on Monday and weighed three kilograms at birth.

Though Taman Safari Bogor has been temporarily closed due to COVID-19, Fitri is the latest addition of animal newborns at the site, as it recently welcomed 12 baby komodo dragons, one nuri kabare (dracula or pesquet’s parrot), two zebra foals, and an elephant calf named Covid, among others.

One of the orangutan caretakers, identified as Basuki, said Fitri is the 16th addition of the great apes at Taman Safari Bogor. Other than bananas, Basuki said the orangutans are fed other types of fruits and vegetables, including apples, salak, mangoes, and spinach.

According to Basuki, visitors will only get to see Fitri after she turns three, during which time she shouldn’t have trouble breastfeeding.

The Bornean orangutan, also known by its scientific name Pongo pygmaeus, is a critically endangered species, with a population of around 100,000 worldwide, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Their habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past two decades, mostly due to palm and other agricultural plantations.

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