Inji: The World’s Oldest Known Orangutan died

The world’s oldest known orangutan, known as Inji, has died at the age of 61 at the Oregon Zoo. She was a Sumatran female.

Key Points

  • The world’s oldest orangutan was euthanized at the Oregon Zoo in the United States.
  • This was done after her health deteriorated recently. She was in a lot of pain and was unable to move.
  • The announcement of her death was made by the Zoo authorities on the official website of the zoo stating that Inji died on January 9.
  • Orangutans generally do not live after 40 years and Inji managed to live till 61 years.
  • Although the correct age of Inji is not known, it is believed she was born in the wild of Sumatra in the 1960s and was brought to the zoo on January 31, 1961.
  • Orangutans are apes that are native to Malaysia and Indonesia.
  • Orangutans have three species- Bornean, Sumatran, and Tapanuli. Currently, all three species have been designated as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Another Sumatran Orangutan

Before this, Sumatran Orangutan called Puan died in the year 2018 at the age of 62 years in Australia. She was euthanized in Perth Zoo.

Bua Noi

Recently, a female gorilla named Bua Noi was in the news after American singer Cher wrote a letter demanding to look into the situation of the gorilla. Bua Noi lives in Pata Zoo of Thailand since the year 1988. The conditions of the zoo are very bad. Before this, efforts of Cher saved the world’s loneliest elephant- Kaavan from Pakistan. Kaavan was shifted to Cambodia after the singer’s efforts.

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