One of the world’s oldest captive Borneo orangutans celebrates 50th birthday

One of the world’s oldest captive Borneo orangutans celebrates 50th birthday

Nenette, one of the world’s oldest Borneo orangutans in captivity, has celebrated her 50th birthday at a zoo in Paris where she has lived almost all her life.

Birthday cake, wrapped boxes and visitors singing “Happy Birthday” were part of the party held on Sunday at Menagerie, a zoo in the Jardin des Plantes gardens.

She was treated to exotic fruits and ate a strawberry cake. Some of her favourite activities – painting and do-it-yourself workshops – were also on the party’s programme.

(Thibault Camus/AP/PA Images)
(Thibault Camus/AP/PA Images)

Nenette is one of the last orangutans living in a zoo to be born out of captivity. She settled in Paris in 1972 at the age of three.

The Bornean orangutan has a lifespan of 35 to 45 years in the wild, but the species has been known to live until around 60 in captivity.

Menagerie says orangutans in the wild have experienced sharp population declines in the past 20 years, partly due to habitat loss and deforestation.

- Press Association

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