Saturday 10 December 2016

Sibu and Leonie get into the swing of their new habitat at Dublin Zoo

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 09/06/2016 | 02:30

Sibu the Orangutan sits in her new Forest habitat in Dublin Zoo yesterday Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Sibu the Orangutan sits in her new Forest habitat in Dublin Zoo yesterday Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Sibu climbs across cables 10 metres above a pathway Photo: Patrick Bolger

Orangutan Sibu is climbing to new heights in a €3m habitat which has just opened at Dublin Zoo.

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The Orangutan Forest consists of huge life-like trees built with hidden remote control mechanisms which carry food for the four orangutans to the treetops.

Sibu (35) and his mate Leonie (35), along with two family members, delighted crowds yesterday when they shimmied across cables 10 metres above a path to reach their new island playground.

"This wonderful new habitat will add complexity to their lives and stimulate their natural behaviours," said zoo director Leo Oosterweghel.

"They will be able to live more like orangutans in the wild."

The new habitat is five times bigger than their old home in the zoo.

It was officially opened by Ruth Breen (11) from Burnchurch National School, Kilkenny, who won a poetry competition, in conjunction with the Irish Independent, which promoted awareness of orangutans.

The zoo has launched a fundraising drive to help protect orangutans in the wild, where they are endangered by deforestation. The public can text 'Save' to 50300 to donate €2.

Irish Independent

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