Puan, world’s oldest Sumatran orangutan, dies aged 62

Katie Ramirez
June 21, 2018

Saddened visitors and staff members gathered to pay tribute to the beloved primate, which was one of the zoo's favorite attractions.

"She has done so much for the Perth Zoo colony and the survival of her species", said Holly Thompson, head of the primates at the facility.

As the founder of our world renowned breeding program her legacy is phenomenal with descendants living all over the world.

As the mother of 11 children, Puan's genetics account for just under 10% of the global zoological population, according to Perth Zoo.

The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, which had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, Australian zoo officials said Tuesday.

She added that her legacy as a wild-born orangutan will be carried on by her great-grandson Nyaru who is now living in the jungles of Sumatra.

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Two of her daughters still live at the zoo, along with four grandchildren and a great grandson. Perth Zoo stated that due to the brilliant health care offered to Puan by the caretakers, she surpassed the usual life expectancy of her species.

Puan is believed to have been born in a jungle in Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1956 and she had been at Perth Zoo since 1968.

"Over the years Puan's eyelashes had greyed, her movement had slowed down and her mind had started to wander", Martina Hart wrote.

"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". I feel so grateful to have been in her life, albeit to have been such a small part of her life. "But to me she'll always remain a big part of my life".

Buan was treated to the sight of Sumatran orangutans, which, to date, there are about 14.6 thousand.

"She demanded respect and she got respect".

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