The Phoenix Zoo is excited to welcome our newest resident; Daniel, a seven-year-old Bornean orangutan. Daniel comes to Arizona from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. He arrived in Phoenix the night of November 13, 2013 via United airlines, accompanied by one of his longtime keepers who will stay several days to help him acclimate to his new home. Daniel will be housed in the Zoo’s Orang-Hutan: “People of the Forest” exhibit which opened in 2011 and will be slowly introduced to the Zoo’s family of orangutans; Michael, Bess and their offspring Kasih.

Daniel at Cleveland Zoo, 2012

Daniel at the Cleveland Zoo, 2012

As protocol with all new animals who arrive at the Zoo, Daniel will be in quarantine for at least 30 days as medical and keeper staff become acquainted with him. During this time Daniel will not be available for viewing. You can follow the Phoenix Zoo’s blog and social media sites (linked below) for updates and photos of Daniel, including information as to when he will make his public debut.

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The transfer to the Phoenix Zoo was recommended by the Orangutan Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Species Survival Plans are cooperative breeding and management groups for endangered or threatened species. This recommendation is to provide companionship for Kasih and for a probable reproductive pairing with her once they both reach appropriate adult age, still several years in the future.  Such future breeding recommendations are tentative, so for now we are focused simply on integrating the “new kid on the block” with his new neighborhood.

Daniel was born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in April, 2006 to father Tiram and mother Kayla.

Daniel, four years old in 2010

Daniel, four years old in 2010

Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) are endangered and found in primary forests of Borneo. Adult males can grow up to 5.5 feet and can weigh up to 317 pounds. Their legs are relatively short and weak, while their arms are powerful with a spread of approximately 8.25 feet.