Puan makes record book

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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.”

Pic­ture: Alex As­bury

Puan is 60.

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