Friday, January 19, 2018
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Lowry Park Zoo welcomes baby Bornean Orangutan

TAMPA — And Topi makes seven.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo's newest addition is another Bornean orangutan born on Feb. 17 to 10-year-old Hadiah and Goyang.

Topi, a term used across Asia for hats, is her mother's first baby and the seventh Bornean orangutan to join Lowry Park Zoo's family. Wee ones of her species depend on their mothers for up to seven years — nursing for up to five years and being carried on mom's chest while they are small. Topi should grow up to be second only to gorillas in primate size.

She was born two months after her uncle GoJo — which gave her mom the chance to learn how birthing and rearing is done from her own mother, Josie.

Fewer than 100 Bornean orangutans live in accredited American zoos, and conservationists have a survival plan for the species at risk of extinction. Palm oil plantations and forest clearing in Malaysia and Indonesia have decimated this orangutan species' wild population, according to the zoo.

Robbyn Mitchell, Times staff writer

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