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Fort Wayne Zoo Names Its New Baby Orangutan


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) – A rare baby Sumatran orangutan born last month at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is doing well and now has a name.

The zoo announced Wednesday that the 11-day-old orangutan has been named Asmara, which means “love” in Indonesia.
The baby is the only Sumatran orangutan born in the United States this year, although two other orangutans also are pregnant. She will be on display for visitors when the zoo opens for the season on April 25. 
The zoo says it plans to post photographs of Asmara on its Facebook and Twitter pages in the coming weeks.
Zoo officials say fewer than 7,000 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild, with about 320 living in zoos worldwide. Only about 15 babies are born in the world's zoos each year.

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