Rayma, a female Bornean orangutan from the Milwaukee Zoo, has officially arrived in Phoenix! Rayma was accompanied by one of her Milwaukee keepers and the Zoo’s own Mary Yoder, Collection Manager of Primates.
This way Rayma has a friendly face as she adjusts to her new surroundings for a day or two, and one of our staff got to meet Rayma in a comfortable environment.
She will be a companion for our 14-year-old male, Daniel.
Interesting fact: she is the great-granddaughter of Duchess, the original matriarch who lived at the Zoo! She is also the grand-niece of Bess, our 40-year-old orangutan.
Rayma appears to be doing well so far! We are letting her get acclimated to her surroundings on her own timeline. As soon as Rayma seems comfortable, we’ll communicate to guests when we expect she’ll make her way out in her habitat!