Baby Orangutan born at Birmingham Zoo

The Zoo congratulates Evan Lucia for submitting the winning name of Nairi for the baby orangutan. Five-year-old Evan attends God’s House Kindergarten in Vestavia. He chose Nairi because he liked the sound of the name and its Indonesian meaning – “kind one.” Evan will receive an Adopt-an-Animal package for Nairi, a tour of the Animal Nutrition Center, a Zoo Fun Pack, a photo opportunity with an educational animal that includes a Keeper, a private Keeper chat, as well as special recognition on the Zoo’s website.

Nairi was born via C-section on December 13, 2011. Her birth is a significant event because it supports the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan’s® mission to cooperatively manage specific – and typically threatened or endangered – species population within AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums. Visitors can view Nairi on exhibit as she enjoys time with her mother.

For more information about the Birmingham Zoo, please visit www.birminghamzoo.com