Gulf Breeze Zoo Welcomes
Its Newest Orangutan, Satu
Orangutan’s birth ‘a very big deal’ for the Zoo
Gulf Breeze, Fla. (May 3, 2022) - The Gulf Breeze Zoo is excited to announce the recent birth of a male orangutan named Satu born January 20 to mom, Sara, and dad, Louie.
Satu, whose name means fairy tale, marks the second orangutan birth at the Zoo in less than six months. The baby is doing exceptionally well under the gentle care of his experienced mom. He and Sara can often be viewed from the boardwalk overlooking the orangutan island.
Isadora, a female orangutan, was born on September 11, 2021, and needed to be raised by animal care specialists at the park because of maternal issues with her mother. Isadora, nicknamed “Izzy” by her caretakers, is healthy, thriving, and hitting every milestone for an almost 8-month-old orangutan.
"She is very curious about everything and everyone, especially the newest member of the orangutan congress, Satu," said Jamie McMaster, Gulf Breeze Zoo Director. "She's eating solids daily. She munches on the adults' primate biscuits and loves cucumber, carrot, sweet potato, and banana." Gulf Breeze Zoo animal care specialists have been reintroducing Isadora to the other orangutans. She has visual supervised time with them several times a week. It is very important that she knows that she is an orangutan.
She and Satu will serve as important ambassadors for their species. “The births of Satu and Isadora in such a short time here is a really big deal for our zoo, and species conservation as a whole,” said McMaster “These great apes are critically endangered and risk extinction in the wild, so we are trying to ensure future generations survive.” The Zoo now houses 8 orangutans. In the wild and in captivity, they can live into their late 50s.
The Gulf Coast Area’s award-winning Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to more than 1200 exotic animals, many of them threatened and endangered. Through admissions and animal encounters, each guest contributes to the conservation programs.
The Gulf Breeze Zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 98, Gulf Breeze FL. Visit www.GBZoo.com for updates, hours, events and more.
About Gulf Breeze Zoo
Gulf Breeze Zoo is one of three zoological facilities operated by the Zoofari Parks, LLC working in conjunction with the Alabama Safari Park and the Virginia Safari Park to provide aid to over 135 countries around the world. The Gulf Breeze Zoo is privately owned and receives no state or federal tax support. Funding for conservation programs is made possible through the continued support of zoo guests. Conservation is fundamental in our daily operations and visitors are encouraged to join us in making a difference on this journey.