It is a sad day for the Perth Zoo when they have announced that the world’s oldest known Sumatran Orangutan has died at the age of 62 due to old age complications. In an emotional video which was posted on their Twitter page, it shows that the Prime Supervisor Holly Thompson has described Puan death as a calm and relaxed.
Puan which was described as the grand old lady of Perth Zoo was in the zoo since 1968 and was also recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest species of her kind in the year 2016. They are said to be the most critically endangered species, and Sumatran Orangutan barely reaches the age of 50 in the wild, as said by the zoo authorities.
She was believed to be born in a jungle of Sumatra, Indonesia in the year 1956. Puan has left a legacy of about 11 children and a total of 54 descendants across the US, Europe and elsewhere, Zoo authorities added. As per Holly, she said that Puan had got a huge support staff who was working 24 hours till the last breath. It was very hard for us, and we are going to miss her very much.
The genetics count for her is just under 10 per cent of the global zoological population, and she had done a lot for the colony of Perth Zoo and also for the survival of her species. Zoo said that some of the Puan’s descendants have also been released to the jungles in Sumatra so that they can have a good life out there.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only 14,600 Sumatran orangutans present currently. The chief zookeeper has written an obituary which was published in the West Australia newspaper on Tuesday. The few surviving descendants of Puan are still there in the zoo named as Puteri and Pulang who are daughters, and four grandchildren are Utama, Sekara, Teliti, and Lestari.