Sumatran Orangutan Baby Has a Name!
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Sumatran Orangutan Baby Has a Name!

MEMPHIS, TENN. –     Let us introduce you to our new baby orangutan – “Rowan.”   

Rowan was the winning name after a week-long naming contest. The name, which means “little red head,” was one of five names participants could vote on. Over 2000 entries were collected.   Baby Rowan and mother “Jahe” are currently not on exhibit. Stay tuned to the Memphis Zoo’s website ( and Facebook page ( for updates. 

About the Memphis Zoo’s Sumatran Orangutans 
The Memphis Zoo currently has four Sumatran orangutans. In addition to the baby, Jahe, and “Tombak,” Rowan’s father,  the Zoo also has “Chickie,” a 38-year-old female. Orangutans have been housed at the Memphis Zoo since 1960, with the first Sumatran orangutan arrival in 1974.    

About Sumatran Orangutans
The name orangutan means “man of the forest;” they are the largest tree-dwelling animal in the world. Because of their arboreal nature, their arm span can reach 7 feet from fingertip to fingertip.  There are two subspecies of orangutans – Sumatran and Bornean. Orangutans have the second longest childhood, first being humans, spending up to eight ears with their mothers and nursing up to 6 years of age.  

Posted by Zoo Info at 11:30 AM