New orangutan for zoo

THIS is the new star that will be looking out at thousands of Suffolk visitors to East Anglia's biggest zoo.

THIS is the new star that will be looking out at thousands of Suffolk visitors to East Anglia's biggest zoo.

Visitors to Colchester Zoo can now come and see Tiga the Bornean orangutan in the Orangutan Forest!

Tiga arrived on the June 25 from Twycross Zoo, and is settling well in his new home.

Tiga will be a companion for Rajang, Colchester Zoo's resident 41 year old male orangutan, and hopefully will become a breeding male in the future when he matures.

He is nearly eight years old and is very active with a cheeky personality, and is already attracting plenty of attention from visitors as he explores his new home!

Initially, the two orangutans will be kept separately, but will be gradually introduced after several weeks under the watchful eyes of Colchester Zoo's team of primate keepers.

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After the sad loss of Djambe, Rajang's female companion last year, the zoo is delighted that there will once again be two orangutans in Colchester Zoo's fantastic new development, Orangutan Forest.

Bornean orangutans, along with the slightly smaller Sumatran orangutan, are the only great apes native to Asia, and both species are highly endangered in the wild, with experts predicting that orangutans could be extinct in the wild as early as 2015.

Colchester Zoo's charity, Action for the Wild, supports the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) and in order to celebrate the construction of a the new Orangutan Forest enclosure at Colchester Zoo, Action for the Wild donated �5,000 to BOS in 2007 and are continuing to support this worthy cause in 2009.