On September 12, 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated the first Bornean orangutan birth in 25 years. A male infant, named Redd, was born to 19-year-old female Batang and 19-year-old male Kyle. The name Redd was chosen as a reflection of the nickname “red ape” that is often associated with orangutans. This special orangutan Adopt a Species package commemorates this historic birth and includes a special photo of Batang and Redd bonding in the hours after he was born. Adopt an orangutan and support the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s efforts to save species around the world.
Orangutans are the largest arboreal mammals. The IUCN lists both species of orangutan—Bornean and Sumatran—as critically endangered, primarily due to habitat loss. You can do your part to help orangutans by being a careful consumer. Always ensure that purchases containing palm oil are produced by sustainably-sourced plantations.