San Diego Zoo celebrates newest additions

Left pic: baby orangutan and right pic: a baby giraffe.
The San Diego Zoo is welcoming its latest additions, a baby orangutan and a baby giraffe. Photo credit San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance/Twitter

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KNX) – The San Diego Zoo is celebrating its newest additions.

One of the additions includes a baby orangutan that was born on January 4.  Zoo officials said his name is Kaja and he is the first orangutan born at the zoo in seven years, according to City News Service.

"To witness the birth of such a majestic critically endangered animal is a remarkable experience and brings us hope for the future," Erika Kohler, interim executive director of the San Diego Zoo, told City News Service.

"His birth increases the population by one and that is a necessary step in our ongoing efforts to gain a deeper understanding of orangutans so we can conserve the species where they live."

While the baby is healthy, zoo official tweeted its mother, Indah, had some complications and that she is being monitored closely.

The other addition is a baby giraffe born on Monday.

“SDZWA welcomed a brand new wobbly wonder just in time for what would have been @BettyMWhite's 100th birthday,” the non-profit tweeted. “We could not think of a more fitting way to remember her dedication to conservation than watching this newborn giraffe take their first steps.”

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