Phoenix Zoo welcomes male orangutan named Daniel

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Zoo recently welcomed a new resident: Daniel, a 7-year-old male orangutan.

The Bornean and one of his longtime keepers arrived in Phoenix on Wednesday from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio, according to a report from the Phoenix Zoo.

Per protocol, Daniel will be in quarantine for at least 30 days before being available for viewing.

During this time, he will slowly become acquainted with the medical and keeper staff as well as his new orangutan family; Michael, Bess, and their daughter Kasih.

The transfer was recommended by the Orangutan Species Survival Plan of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in hopes that Daniel and Kasih may have offspring of their own several years in the future.

But for now, the Phoenix Zoo is focusing on helping Daniel feel at home.

Bornean orangutans are an endangered species that can be found in primary forests of Borneo. Daniel will likely grow to be around 5 feet 5 inches tall and 317 pounds.

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