Oldest known Sumatran orangutan dies in Australia

21 June, 2018, 11:04 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • 'Respectful end for an old lady': World's oldest orangutan dies in Perth

In 2016, the animal is officially recognized as the oldest orangutan in the world and has brought in the Guinness Book of records.

'She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species, ' said primate supervisor Holly Thompson.

Puan has been a key member in orangutan breeding programs for most of her life. Now, Puan - the world's oldest Sumatran orangutan - died at Perth Zoo on Monday, June 18, at the ripe age of 62.

Thompson said she was an aloof and independent individual. "It's my absolute wish for her to be remembered for the lovely, independent lady that she was and I think it's an unbelievable legacy for her great grandson Nyaru to be out living his life in the jungles of Sumatra, where his great grandmother hailed from".

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Sixty-two-year-old Puan was given a dignified end to her life after various veterinary assessments confirmed age-related complications were adversely affecting her ability to have a quality life.

Ms. Hart finished the tribute by saying she will always remember Puan as a "beautiful lady" who, despite living in captivity, maintained her independence. "We knew what to do with Puan, and if she was unhappy she would just kick her foot". 54, and her offspring live in many zoos in the world, but also in the wild in the jungles of Sumatra. "It fascinates me as to the stories she could tell". "But to me, she'll always remain a big part of my life", she wrote for Perth Now. I feel so grateful to have been in her life, albeit to have been such a small part of her life. "Puan hadn't been in a real tree for over 50 years at that stage, and to be honest my eyes were filled with tears watching her climbing".

Sumatran orangutans are a critically endangered species with about 7,500 left in the world, according to WWF figures.

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