World's Oldest Orangutan Puan Dies At Western Australia Zoo

World's Oldest Orangutan Puan Dies At Western Australia Zoo

World's Oldest Orangutan Puan Dies At Western Australia Zoo

An October 24, 2016 photo shows Sumatran orangutan Puan (which is Indonesian for lady) at Perth Zoo, where she lived since being gifted by Malaysia in 1968.

Puan's descendents span four continents, as her offspring populate the United States, Europe, Australasia and the jungles of Sumatra.

While several zoo officials remembered her for being "aloof", Perth Zoo staff members knew where they stood with the Sumatran Orangutan. She spent a majority of her life at the zoo and has over 54 descendants living around the world.

"Over the years Puan's eyelashes had greyed, her movement had slowed down and her mind had started to wander", said Martina Hart, Puan's chief zookeeper for 18 years, in an obituary published in The West Australian newspaper. It was also known that some of her relatives were released into Sumatra.

"There really aren't words to describe Puan and the impact she has had on not only the breeding program at Perth Zoo, but also on the people who over the past 50-odd years have cared for her". She passed away at the "grand old age" of 62, zookeepers said.

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Puan was put down at Perth Zoo after developing age-related complications.

Thought to be born in 1956, the female Sumatran Orangutan was euthanized after her health rapidly declined due to her advanced years.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only about 14,600 Sumatran orangutans left in the world.

"Her genetics count for just under 10 per cent of the global zoological population", Thompson added. Diogo found that gorillas, bonobos, and chimpanzees possess the same muscles that help humans walk on two legs, create sounds, and use tools.

In 2017, a Dutch zoologist worked on building a "Tinder for orangutans". She was 43 years old.

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