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Dorset's Monkey World welcomes baby orang-utans

27 February 2015


Six week-old baby Rieke arrived last night from Berlin Zoo 

Monkey World in Dorset has welcomed a second baby Sumatran orang-utan to the park.

Six week-old baby Rieke arrived last night from Berlin Zoo and was introduced to her new adopted brother Bulu.

Reike was rejected at birth by her mother so zookeepers had to intervene and take care of the critically endangered infant. And having gained 800g since birth she was strong enough to make the move to Dorset.

Monkey World is home to the European crèche for orphaned orang-utans and provides sanctuary for any youngsters that are not cared for by their mothers.

Importantly there are six other orang-utans already living there to help Reike and Bulu feel right at home.


Reike seems happy! 

"It is an amazing international effort to provide two orphan orang-utans with the very best opportunity to grow up with others of their own kind. We are pleased to be able to offer specialist care and facilities throughout the rest of their childhood"

– DR ALISON CRONIN, MONKEY WORLD'S DIRECTOR

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