Sunday is Last Day to See Lana

Greenville Zoo getting ready for birth

Ken Pauli
July 05, 2018 - 4:00 am
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Sunday will be the last day that you’ll be able to see Sumatran orangutan Lana for a while at the Greenville Zoo.  Lana is pregnant and her due date is July 30th.  She had a miscarriage last year and the zoo is taking her out of the exhibit for close monitoring.  This is a late-in-life baby for the 33 year old Lana (pictured here).

She's been training on how to nurse her first baby using a stuffed animal orangutan.  Her mate, Kumar has been doing a lot of checking up on his mate. The two are not exactly the "happy couple," though.  Kumar is less than half Lana's age and they had a rough time for a while when they were introduced back in 2016.   Kumar is probably best known for escaping his enclosure at the zoo, not once, but twice.

Lana at the Greenville Zoo


Greenville Zoo officials have been consulting with both human doctors and other zoos to make sure they do everything right for Lana’s first baby.  They created a 27-page Birth Management Plan that includes all possible scenarios in case something were to go wrong, but they hope it won't be needed.  The zoo says that Sumatran orangutans are considered one of the world's 25 most endangered primates so a successful and health birth is very important.

You’ll be able to see the entire family back in the exhibit probably by this fall or early spring.  

The Greenville Zoo will post pictures of the new baby orangutan after the birth and they plan to ask the public to help choose a name. 

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