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Rare orangutan born at Tampa zoo

There's another new baby vying for your ohhs and awws at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

A month after introducing the world to the zoo's new baby pygmy hippo, the zoo announced Thursday the birth of a rare Bornean orangutan.

The three-pound, endangered primate was born last week to mother Dee Dee and father Goyang. A human pregnancy test in October confirmed that Dee Dee was pregnant for a fourth time, the zoo said.

According to the zoo, there are fewer than 100 bornean orangutans in 24 AZA-accredited institutions in North America, "making this birth very significant for the species and the Tampa community."

The zoo is currently home to a group of seven orangutans and the new baby is the tenth Bornean orangutan born at the zoo.

The orangutans are Native to Malaysia and Indonesia, and the longhaired red great apes can be found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The species is considered endangered in the wild due to critical habitat loss, increased use of palm oil, poaching and pet trade, the zoo said. The population has reportedly declined more than 50 percent during the last 60 years.

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