KC Zoo’s newest Orangutan and Chimpanzee officially have names

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Friday was a big day for the Kansas City Zoo. The zoo announced that they have officially selected names for a baby Orangutan and a baby Chimpanzee.

Orangutan mom Josie gave birth to, Dusty, a Bornean Orangutan at the zoo on May 23. The zoo says a generous private donor selected the baby’s name.

Mother Josie covers her eyes as she rests with her new baby boy in her arms.

Mother Josie covers her eyes as she rests with her new baby boy in her arms.

“Josie has strong motherly instincts and has been taking great care of the little guy since his birth,” the Zoo said.

Josie turned 14-years old at the end of the June. Her mother, Jill, is also still at the Kansas City Zoo. Jill is 40-years old.

Dusty (Image courtesy of Kansas City Zoo)

Dusty (Image courtesy of Kansas City Zoo)

Chimpanzee mom Teeoni gave birth to a baby girl on April 1. Zookeepers say just days after the birth, Teeoni quit caring for the baby. As a result, zookeepers have stepped in to provide around the clock care for the baby chimpanzee. The team that takes care of her decided to name her “Ruw,” which is short for Ruwenzori, the nickname of their group.

Ruw (Image courtesy of Kansas City Zoo)

Ruw (Image courtesy of Kansas City Zoo)

Ruw (Image courtesy of Kansas City Zoo)

Ruw (Image courtesy of Kansas City Zoo)

 

You can visit Dusty and Ruw at the Kansas City Zoo Monday through Friday 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m., to 5 p.m.