Comfortable Worldwide Orangutan Day! | Cincinnati Zoo Weblog

Right now we have a good time probably the most endangered apes on this planet: orangutans! The Jungle Trails workforce cares for one particular Sumatran orangutan right here on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard, Henry! Orangutans are thought of semi-solitary apes so that they spend extra time alone than with others. Whereas Henry has had feminine orangutan companions prior to now, he has proven a choice to a bachelor life-style which we respect. Henry can typically be discovered “hanging” round together with his gibbon mates Lance and Hosen.

Labeled as critically endangered, Sumatran orangutans are considered one of 2 subspecies of orangutan (the opposite being Bornean). Orangutans are the one non-human nice apes discovered outdoors of Africa and dwell in Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests. These apes are the biggest tree-dwelling animal and the one true arboreal ape. In reality, the identify “orangutan” interprets to “man of the forest” in Malay, the official language of Malaysia. Not like different nice apes, that are terrestrial and use a type of locomotion known as “knuckle strolling”, orangutans are thought of modified brachiators. This implies whereas their gibbon mates (true brachiators) might swing from department to department, orangutans use their lengthy arms to maneuver rigorously from department to department. Since they spend a majority of their lives in tree canopies, a few of their largest threats are habitat loss and fragmentation, and deforestation.

Some male orangutans develop fatty cheek pads known as flange on each side of their face, which is what provides them a definite face form. You can also make your individual orangutan masks by following the directions beneath!

Shut Sufficient to Care:

The zoo has a mission of getting company “shut sufficient to care” which is vital for not solely our visitor expertise but additionally our conservation efforts. For our workers and animals, nonetheless, this objective takes on an entire totally different which means. Jungle Trails keeper Stephanie talks about how we use shut relationships, and constructive reinforcement, to handle Henry:

Monitoring coronary heart well being is a crucial element of caring for the apes on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard.  We started conditioning Henry, together with the bonobos and gorillas, to obtain an awake echocardiogram, an ultrasound of the center, in 2011.  In doing this, we’d have the flexibility to have a look at how the center is functioning with out having to have the animal below anesthesia.

There are a lot of steps that lead as much as this – constructing a relationship with Henry by means of constructive rewards, discovering what meals encourage him probably the most, and introducing the entire gear wanted to carry out the ultrasound.  We started with a faux ultrasound probe made with a PVC pipe with an finish cap on it, simply so he would get acquainted with the feeling of it urgent on his chest.  When he was comfy with that we began so as to add somewhat little bit of ultrasound gel, which is critical for the pictures to return by means of.  Henry has by no means been a fan of the gel, however will endure it for some grapes and yogurt!   After this step, we launched a small ultrasound machine, simply sturdy sufficient to see the center to know the place the proper spot was on Henry to get the pictures of his coronary heart.  The ultimate step was to usher in the big ultrasound machine and in addition get Henry used to seeing our volunteer technician, Jenny Schaaf, who would run the machine and talk to me which solution to flip the probe to get all the pictures she wanted. Henry fortunately was not phased by the machine in any respect and did very effectively with seeing a brand new face!

In addition to Henry did, male orangutans are extraordinarily tough to get nice photographs on.  They’ve a big air sac that drapes over their chest and in addition a distinguished rib cage.  Since Henry’s coronary heart was wholesome at the moment, he solely acquired an ultrasound throughout his common checkups whereas below anesthesia.  Throughout his final checkup although, it was discovered that he had the beginning of some heart problems.  With this prognosis, we determined to start out up the awake echocardiograms and make some modifications to assist with the problems we had prior to now.  Our upkeep workforce has constructed a “coronary heart field” that matches over the port we use for Henry’s blood stress sleeve.  It’s going to enable Henry to face ready the place his air sac can lay on high of this metal mesh field and his chest will be nearer and extra accessible for the ultrasound probe to seize the pictures wanted.  Henry is doing nice together with his conditioning, he picked proper again up the place we left off like a professional!

Together with echocardiograms, blood stress is one other vital issue of coronary heart well being that may inform us so much about how our our bodies are functioning.  Henry’s blood stress coaching began in 2018.  Just like the ultrasounds, there have been an ideal many steps that led as much as attaining this habits.  Designing the metal mesh sleeve that Henry would place his arm into, discovering the precise measurement cuff, getting Henry used to the entire shifting elements and in addition used to the feeling of the cuff squeezing his arm.  His main trainers labored diligently to make this course of a hit and Henry’s first readings had been recorded in March of 2019!  Some modifications wanted to be made to ensure the readings had been correct, and now Henry voluntarily has his blood stress monitored a number of instances a month, so long as there may be pineapple concerned!”

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Backyard, and the Affiliation of Zoos & Aquariums, are each taking motion to assist orangutans, and you’ll too! Right here’s how one can assist:


Good-looking Henry

Henry and Lance the Mueller gibbon

Henry and Hosen

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