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New group of orang­utans estab­lished in Basel Zoo

pub­lished 11 August 2012 | mod­i­fied 11 August 2012

Orang utan revital baselSince the ren­o­va­tion of the Mon­key House started in Decem­ber 2009 and the Basel orang­utans group moved to Gelsenkirchen Zoo in Ger­many, no orang­utans were kept in Basel Zoo. But after two years of con­struc­tion a new group of orang­utans is being formed, sup­ported by the coor­di­na­tor of the Euro­pean Endan­gered Species Pro­gramme (EEP). On July 31 a pair arrived from Amnéville Zoo in France, together with a sin­gle young male from Berlin on August 2. Another arrival of another three orang­utans, two young females from Leipzig Zoo and one young male from Chester Zoo, is expected soon. The group of six indi­vid­u­als will be housed in the new enclo­sure spon­sored by a well-​known phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany. The new large enclo­sure, with its spa­cious out­doors facil­ity, will offi­cially open on Sep­tem­ber 28.

(Source: Basel Zoo, 08.08.2012)

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