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Dinda moves to Rostock Zoo

Dinda, who was born at Monkey World in Bovington in 2006, has moved to Rostock Zoo in Germany as part of the European Breeding Programme. 

The friendly orang-utan, who was a firm favourite with people visiting Monkey World, will join up with her sister Hsaio-ning and her friends Miri and Sabas. 

Dinda, a Bornean orang-utan, was born to her parents Tuan and Roro in 2006, who were both rescued from the illegal trade in Taiwan, and have been living at the park ever since. 

She is now settling into the zoo in northern Germany and Dr Alison Cronin, from Monkey World, wished Dinda luck in her new home. 

Dr Cronin said: “Monkey World is home to the European Crèche for orphaned orang-utans and as such we have individuals who were born here as well as others that have been sent to us from across Europe. 

“As youngsters grow up here in Dorset, when they reach maturity it is time for many of them to start their adult lives at other wildlife parks so that Monkey World can continue to rescue or adopt more that need our help and specialist care. 

“At 9 years old it was time for Dinda to leave her parent’s adult group here at the park.

Dinda is now settling into the zoo 


“We are all very pleased that Dinda has received such a wonderful welcome from both the staff and other orang-utans at Rostock Zoo. 

“Their Darwineum animal house is truly amazing and we know that both Dinda and her sister Hsiao-ning will receive the best care possible. 

This is amazing international cooperation for the welfare and care of captive orang-utans.” 

As members of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP) for this species, Monkey World not only breeds orang-utans, but also offers a home to any babies born in European zoos and that are orphaned. 

Monkey World also rescues and rehabilitates orang-utans that have been smuggled from the wild. 

Monkey World is now home to three groups of orang-utans totaling 17 individuals all together. This is the largest group of orang-utans kept outside of Asia. The current population of Bornean orang-utans in the wild is estimated at just 60,000 and they are classed as endangered. 

Jeremy with the Rostock Team 

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