MEMPHIS, TENN. – Let us introduce you to our new baby
orangutan – “Rowan.”
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.
and mother “Jahe” are currently not on exhibit. Stay tuned to the Memphis Zoo’s
website (memphiszoo.org/orangutan) and Facebook page (facebook.com/memphiszoo)
About the Memphis Zoo’s Sumatran Orangutans
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
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.