Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: February 10, 2022 11:00 pm
A Sumatran orangutan infant is being cared for by keepers at the Audubon Zoo. They are now seeking help to decide a name for the infant.
Photo Credit: Audubon Zoo
Audubon Zoo are pleased with the progress of their orangutan infant born on December 24th 2022 and are now looking to decide his name.
Following his birth it became clear that his mother was unable to provide adequate care and staff made the decision to intervene and rear him themselves. Since then they have worked 24/7 to give him the best start in life.
His day's are spent in the orangutan building where he is able to see the rest of the orangutan family. He is also given opportunities to build up his strength and stamina.
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Until now keepers have not had a name for the infant. They have created a shortlist and you can vote to help pick his name now through February 16th 2022 at 5pm CST.
The three short-listed names are below
Rudy – short for Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer in honor of the infant's December 24 birthday and the name of Notre Dame football's famous underdog who beat the odds
Roux – French for a reddish brown like the color of an orangutan's fur and the thickening base used to make gumbo
Maymuun – a name meaning fortunate, blessed, or one who thrives in Sumatra, the native habitat of Sumatran orangutans
To cast your vote go here – Audubon Zoo Orangutan Vote