Baby orangutan delights crowds at Spanish zoo

Bioparc Fuengirlo runs a program to conserve Bornean orangutans, deemed a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

"That little one right now is like another small jewel for conservation and another contribution to the program of breeding in captivity in European zoos and also at the global level," said Bioparc Fuengirola's head zoo keeper Antonio Garrucho, referring to the new resident of the orangutan enclosure born on August 4th to Suli and Peek.

The population of Bornean orangutans has declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, and the species' habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says on its website.

Bioparc Fuengirola's baby orangutan is the first to be born in a European zoo over the past 12 months, the zoo's website says.

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