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Zoo Happenings – January 2014
Basan Joins the New Team in Indianapolis
The New Team in Town just added a new player! Meet Basan, a 12-year-old male Sumatran orangutan who is one of the newest additions to the Indianapolis Zoo. He joins a group of seven other orangutans who will soon move into the International Orangutan Center, which will open to the public in May 2014. This youngster arrived in Indianapolis on Oct. 10 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas. Born Sept. 13, 2001, Basan currently weighs about 114 pounds. By comparison, the average weight for adult male orangutan is 200-250 pounds, so he still has some growing to do.
Basan is a playful, young orangutan who loves hiding in barrels and wrapping up in blankets. He also enjoys playing with water and will take any available object and fill it up with water. Although he’s cautious when he meets a new person, Zookeepers say Basan is extremely sweet and eager to please them. Some of his favorite snacks are grapes,
cherries and peanuts. Basan is one of two juvenile male orangutans, including Rocky, who will call the new exhibit home. Although the two youngsters haven’t met just yet, Zookeepers are hopeful they’ll become friends when they move into their new home.
Special Delivery of Holly and Joy Just in Time for Christmas!
Two female California sea lion pups are the newest additions to the Zoo’s Oceans exhibit. These adorable new arrivals, who both arrived on Dec. 11, are named Holly and Joy — very seasonally appropriate! Joy, the younger of the two pups, was born on June 7, 2013, at the Marine Mammal Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her mother was being treated there and, because of her condition, couldn’t care for her new infant. So the staff stepped in to care for Joy. Holly, was rescued by the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur, San Pedro, Calif., after she was found stranded on a Malibu beach on April 3, 2013. The staff estimated that she was less than a year old at the time. Since coming to the Indianapolis Zoo, both animals have been thriving. Zookeepers say the pups are enjoying swimming and interacting with Zookeepers and each other! Holly and Joy currently weigh about 65 pounds and 50 pounds,
respectively, and their smaller size will also make it easier for guests to pick them out of the crowd when they go on exhibit, which is expected to be later this winter. You can learn more about Holly and Joy in our blog.
Meet Majani, the Newest Addition to Plains
The newest addition to our Plains area will certainly make a sizeable impression on guests when he goes on exhibit in the spring! Majani (pronounced mah-JAH-nee) is a 3-year-old male reticulated giraffe. He was born March 11, 2010, at The Living Desert in Palm Desert, Calif., and came to Indianapolis in mid-October. Majani already stands more than 12 feet tall! Although he’s still noticeably smaller than our two female giraffes, Takasa and AJ, he could grow up to be 15-18 feet tall! Right now this newcomer, who was named for the Swahili word meaning “grass,” is very shy. But we’re hopeful that his personality will warm up during the next few months as he and our other giraffes spend the winters together indoors. That’s Majani on the left with AJ peeking in to say “hello!” And in the future, our zookeepers are hopeful that Majani will contribute to our breeding program, which is part of the Species Survival Plan managed through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Guests will likely get their first opportunity to meet Majani in the spring, and he may even wander over to participate in public feeds at that time. The giraffe exhibit and giraffe feedings are presented by Meijer. Learn more about Majani in our blog.
Special thanks to our friends at Community Health Network for presenting Zoo Babies.