This is the incredible moment an orangutan cradles her “miracle” newborn, captured on camera for the first time.
Never-before-seen footage of the Sumatran orangutan birth is at the heart of a BBC documentary filmed to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Jersey’s Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
In it, camera crews record the live birth of orangutan Dana’s baby, and the seconds afterwards as mother takes the infant to her chest and cleans the offspring.
It is believed to be the first time a live orang-utan birth has been caught on film, and will feature in Refugees Of The Lost Rain Forest, on BBC One SW at 3.30pm on Sunday July 14. It will also be available for the following seven days on BBC iPlayer.
The birth was remarkable as Dana’s previous pregnancy in 2009 suffered complications that endangered her health and resulted in a stillborn infant. Following the incident Dana was left with blocked fallopian tubes, rendering her infertile.
But expert intervention by Jersey General Hospital’s head obstetrician, Neil MacLachlan, helped her to conceive, against the odds, in late 2012.
Crew members and primate specialists then watched anxiously as Dana gave birth to a daughter on June 9.
Gordon Hunt, orangutan expert at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, said: “We didn’t know what was going to happen as we had almost written Dana off as never breeding again.
"We watched the birth but we didn’t know everything was okay until later - we didn’t want to get too excited.
"Seeing the birth was incredible - mind-blowing. I watched the birth of my children and I don’t think you realise until much later what you’re witnessing.
"As far as we know, this is the first time a procedure like that to clear the fallopian tubes has ever been done with a Sumatran orang-utan. To get the birth on camera is fantastic and we cannot wait to show the footage to everyone."
BBC Radio Jersey and BBC South West TV produced the programme, highlighting the work being done to help protect Sumatran orang-utans in the wild.
Quiet, slow and shy, Pottos spend their days sleeping in nooks high up in the trees and nights hunting for tasty fruits, tree sap and the occasional sleepy bug. Only three North American zoos exhibit Pottos and only the Cincinnati Zoo has successfully bred this rarely seen primitive primate. In some parts of Africa, the Potto is called a “Softly-Softly,” however when the diminutive Potto is threatened, they will jab at enemies with pointy vertebrae on the back of their necks. Distantly related to apes and humans, they are more closely related to other lorises. These photos come to us courtesy of and copyright by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Keepers at Twycross Zoo are celebrating the arrival of a baby Crowned Lemur, born on April 11. Experienced mom Rose is doing a superb job. Infants are initially carried on the mother’s front but as they grow heavier they are moved onto her back. The father takes and active role in parenting as well. Tony Dobbs, Section Head of Primates, said: “The baby arrived a few days earlier than we had expected but both mum and baby are doing very well. While Rose is looking after the newborn, the father, Rik, has taken on the role of the proud, protective father.”
In the wild the Crowned Lemur is confined to a small patch of forest in Madagascar and listed on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable. There their population is decreasing because their habitat is in rapid decline principally due to heavy mining, illegal logging and hunting for food.
Earlier this month, Siamang mom and dad, Jamby and Jan (Jan is the boy), welcomed their first baby, which also marks the first baby Siamang forZoological Center Tel Aviv Ramat Gan. Even though Jamby’s pregnancy lasted eight months, the healthy baby weighed in at just 170 grams (1/3rd of a pound)!
When these Siamangs first arrived at Zoo Tel Aviv, they were exhibited with the Orangutans but the match was not meant to be. Jamby and Jan felt the need assert their dominance over their gentle roommates. When keepers decided the Siamangs were being bullies, the red apes were relocated.
Siamangs are endangered in their native home of Southeast Asia due to habitat destruction.
First-time mother Shanga gets to grips with her newborn baby gorilla at Chessington World of Adventures. Shanga the mother gorilla appears to be tickling her baby’s feet.Picture: Chessington Zoo
The Duke Lemur Center is smack-dab in the middle of baby Mouse Lemur season with seven little ones, born to four mothers, in the month of June alone. Four more Mouse Lemur females are pregnant so there are more of these feisty little guys on the way. The first photo shows a set of frantic Mouse Lemur triplets who arrived on June 5th. The second photo and video show a much calmer singleton.
Gray Mouse Lemurs weigh only about 1/8th of a pound as adults and leap between thin branches in the treetops. While they hunt alone at night, by day they curl up in tree holes with up to fifteen other Mouse Lemurs to sleep in a furry heap. There are seventeen different species of Mouse Lemur, but they all look nearly the same, making research challenging. Only through genetic testing can scientists be sure of what species they are observing.
From Zoo Borns
"Do you want to play wiv mummy? Wocka-wocka-woo?" said the gorilla. Well, not quite, but older gorillas have been found to use a modified system of gestures when communicating with infants. Much like "motherese", the baby talk human parents use when talking to their children, the gorillas’ special gestures may help the infants to develop their own communication skills.
Eva Maria Luëfand Katja Liebalof the Free University of Berlin in Germany monitored 24 captive lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) for four months, focusing on the gestures they used to start and stop play. Typically, gorillas might encourage play by slapping others while making a “play face”, for instance, or somersaulting, and end bouts by placing a hand on the other gorilla’s head. With infants, every older gorilla used more touch-based gestures and repeated their gestures more.
No other apes have been seen modifying their signals for infants, although rhesus macaques do change one call when directing it at infants. But Luëf suspects that all great apes can do it. The adults could be encouraging the infants to develop their gesturing, saysRichard Byrne of the University of St Andrews, UK.
Gorillas have to learn how best to use their repertoire of gestures. That takes practice, and possibly help from older gorillas. “I think it’s very likely that’s what’s going on,” Byrne says.
A baby Gorilla (named Tiny) takes his first few steps.
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a Silvery Langur (Trachypithecus cristatus) on the 31st of January, 2012. The proud parents are Oliver and Daria. The yet to be named baby is the second offspring of this pair. Mom, dad and baby can be found at home in the primate area at the zoo. Bright orange at birth with pale skin, over the first three to five months of life Silvery Langurs change to a grayish coat with a darker face and hands, and eventually weighing up to fifteen pounds. Silvery Langurs are at home in the dense tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia where they are considered near threatened with a decreasing population mostly due to land clearance, often for palm oil plantations. Silvery Langurs are specialist leaf eaters with a digestive system adapted to ferment the tough cellulose material in leaves. With a diet high in vegetation, Langurs will sit quietly for many hours digesting their food. From ZooBorns
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a Silvery Langur (Trachypithecus cristatus) on the 31st of January, 2012. The proud parents are Oliver and Daria. The yet to be named baby is the second offspring of this pair. Mom, dad and baby can be found at home in the primate area at the zoo.
Bright orange at birth with pale skin, over the first three to five months of life Silvery Langurs change to a grayish coat with a darker face and hands, and eventually weighing up to fifteen pounds. Silvery Langurs are at home in the dense tropical forests of Indonesia and Malaysia where they are considered near threatened with a decreasing population mostly due to land clearance, often for palm oil plantations. Silvery Langurs are specialist leaf eaters with a digestive system adapted to ferment the tough cellulose material in leaves. With a diet high in vegetation, Langurs will sit quietly for many hours digesting their food.