Oregon Zoo’s baby orangutan named after Dolly Parton song


A line from an legendary Dolly Parton music led Oregon Zoo staff to pick “Jolene” as the identify for the infant orangutan born final month.

The song describes Jolene “with flaming locks of auburn hair” – just like the new primate’s, according to a information launch from the Oregon Zoo.

Jolene was born April 13 to first-time mom Kitra, a Bornean orangutan who has lived at the zoo due to the fact 2015.

Zoo staff members had ready to assist the 20-year-old orangutan with the early days of motherhood, but Kitra “hasn’t necessary a great deal assistance parenting so far,” according to the release.

It took a couple weeks to name the zoo’s newest household member since staff members users weren’t sure what the baby’s gender was.

“Because we’re offering Kitra and her infant lots of room to bond, we were unable to inform if she’d had a boy or a girl until eventually lately,” Kate Gilmore, who supervises the zoo’s primate space, said in the launch.

“Once we confirmed she was a girl, our keeper workforce understood right absent what they needed to connect with her,” Gilmore mentioned. “They’ve been participating in the song on repeat at any time due to the fact.”

Gilmore reported website visitors could have a prospect to catch a glimpse of Jolene and her mother, who are paying a lot more time in their out of doors habitat.

Infant orangutans are wholly dependent on their moms for their initially two years, making the bond between a mom and her child really near, the release mentioned.

–Kristine de Leon, [email protected], 503-221-8506


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