Puan makes record book
A PERTH Zoo orang-utan has been awarded a Guinness World Record for being the oldest living Sumatran orang-utan in the world.
The record has been achieved by Puan the matriarch of Perth Zoo’s famous colony.
Primate keeper Martina Hart said the orang-utan was born in the wild and it took a lot of work to clarify her age but documentation revealed she was born in 1956.
“At 60 years of age, this makes her the oldest Sumatran orang-utan in the world,” she said.
Puan has been cared for by Perth Zoo since December 1968. As was common in that era she was gifted by the Sultan Johore in Malaysia in exchange for some Australian animals.
“Since arriving at the zoo, Puan has gone on to become mother, grandmother and even great-grandmother to some of our orangutans,” Mrs Hart said.
“She is the founder of our world famous breeding colony – her lineage extends far and wide.
“She’s also been a fundamental part of our release program, helping prepare our zooborn orang-utans for wild life by teaching them how to make robust nests, one of the vital survival skills.”
Puan is 60.