Zooming Over OVAG 2021

Hello everyone – I hope you are all continuing to stay safe, healthy and happy!  We have just completed our OVAG Workshop over zoom and have had our largest turnout ever with 114 participants on the first day.  Naturally the main area of interest was the pandemic as sadly it is still an ever-present danger in Southeast Asia, so much …

Orangutans Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Featured image courtesy of San Diego Zoo. In February 2021, 4 orangutans and 5 bonobos received two doses each of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine at the San Diego Zoo. One of the first of these great apes to get this new experimental vaccine was an orangutan named Karen, who was also the first orangutan in the world to have open-heart …

Surprise Baby Born at Chester Zoo!

Human’s aren’t the only great apes that can keep secrets! A Bornean orangutan named Leia at the Chester Zoo surprised keepers and staff with a brand new baby earlier this year. Despite the new mom having taken multiple pregnancy tests that consistently came up negative, the newborn came into the world sometime back in June. Although a little while ago …