World's oldest orangutan Puan dies at Western Australia zoo

World's oldest orangutan Puan dies at Western Australia zoo

Reports indicate that 29 of her progenies were in zoos in the United States, Singapore, and different parts of Europe.

"She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species", said primate supervisor at Perth Zoo Holly Thompson.

The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan has died at Perth Zoo on Monday, aged 62 years old.

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

Puan has been a key member in orangutan breeding programs for most of her life.

"Puan was a "hands off" individual". They noted that if the staff did anything that offended Puan, she would tap her foot to express her unhappiness with them.

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Puan leaves behind an impressive legacy. Female Sumatran Orangutans would rarely live past 50 years of age, according to the zoo.

She has 11 children of her own and is a grandmother and a great-grandmother.

"Her genetics count for just 10 percent of the global zoological population".

In an op-ed to the West Australian, zookeeper Martina Hart remembered Puan as "the maker of the most unbelievable nests, and the lady who took no nonsense from her children over the years, but was also the most nurturing mother we had".

"Puan demanded and deserved respect, and she certainly had it from all her keepers over the years", she wrote. I feel so grateful to have been in her life, albeit to have been such a small part of her life. "It fascinates me as to the stories she could tell". It was also known that some of her relatives were released into Sumatra. She spent a majority of her life at the zoo and has over 54 descendants living around the world.

Rest in peace Puan, may you climb happily in the jungles of the sky.

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