Orangutan Caring Week 2022
The theme of Orangutan Caring Week this year is “Orangutan Superheroes Don’t Wear Capes” and that couldn’t be truer for our
primate keepers. These Orangutan Superheroes work every day to make sure that Michael, Bess, Rayma and Wgasa receive the best B.E. and care possible; coming up with new, fun, and creative ways to challenge these smart creatures and help them show you all what it
means to be an orangutan!
Meet the Orangutans
Bess was born at the Phoenix Zoo in March of 1979. She likes to lay on the top tiers of the towers and look out over her kingdom. You can often find her watching people at the cave window covered with a palm frond or blanket.
Michael is Bess’s companion. He has been at the Phoenix Zoo since October of 2000. His favorite behavioral enrichment (BE) items are blankets/sheets, browse, palm fronds and anything he can eat. He enjoys scribbling with chalk and can often times be seen with it on his face. Michael enjoys spending his days laying on his back in exhibit and holding his toes while watching other orangutans and the public.
Rayma has been at the Phoenix Zoo since April of 2019. She is a ball of energy and has a very fun personality. She likes to bring her spool over for feedings and sit on it while interacting with her keepers. She enjoys the company of Wgasa and can sometimes be seen grabbing his hand to make sure he is following her.
Wgasa is Rayma’s companion. He came to us from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium at the end of April and is the newest orangutan at the Zoo! He enjoys spending his days being close to Rayma, laying under tubs while eating and sitting in front of the a/c unit with a blanket or box over him.
Keep reading to find out!
but also aid in exhibiting some of those natural behaviors you would see in the wild.
our orangutans enjoyed the celebration!