welcome belia

A very warm welcome to the world to Belia, a baby Bornean Orangutan who entered the world this past Saturday.

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Belia is the first successful Orangutan birth at the Mangkang Zoo in Indonesia to mother Bela, 18, and father Billy, 20. Keepers hope that she will begin a successful breeding line to create a sort of Species Survival Plan that many western zoos take part in.

There are about 50,000 Bornean Orangutans left in the wild, which may to some sound like a large number but it is a mere fraction of how many orangutans once roamed free on the island of Borneo.
Orangutans are threatened due to the massive deforestation for palm oil plantations, paper plantations and areas for mining.
They are hunted and killed because they are seen as demons and threats to the crops.
Hopefully baby Belia will be a beacon of hope for her species and be used as an animal ambassador for the Bornean Orangutan

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