Fort Wayne zoo names its new baby orangutan

Photo Courtesy: Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A rare baby Sumatran orangutan born last month at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is doing well and now has a name.

The zoo announced Wednesday that the 11-day-old orangutan has been named Asmara, which means “love” in Indonesia.

The baby is the only Sumatran orangutan born in the United States this year, although two other orangutans also are pregnant. She will be on display for visitors when the zoo opens for the season on April 25.

The zoo says it plans to post photographs of Asmara on its Facebook and Twitter pages in the coming weeks.

Zoo officials say fewer than 7,000 Sumatran orangutans remain in the wild, with about 320 living in zoos worldwide. Only about 15 babies are born in the world’s zoos each year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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