Bornean orangutans are critically endangered and so it is essential that zoos work together, playing a vital role in conservation, through breeding this amazing species. As recommended by the International Studbook Keeper, who manages the breeding programme, a new male will be arriving later this summer, to join our females Summer, Cherie and Jingga – we will let you know more details on our new arrival soon!
This does mean that our much-loved Ramon, will soon be leaving Blackpool Zoo for Germany, where he will take up residence in Allwetterzoo Munster. Although we are very sad to say goodbye to Ramon, this move secures an exciting future for orangutans at Blackpool Zoo.
23 year old Ramon was hand-reared by keepers at Leningrad Zoo in St Petersburg and since arriving in Blackpool in 2003, he has become a firm favourite with staff and visitors alike. To the amazement of our visitors, he can often be found at the large windows where people sit with him creating unforgettable memories. This has inspired millions of people to learn about this incredible species and highlight the importance of his wild cousins, being pushed to the brink of extinction.
We are still finalising the paperwork, but we know Ramon will be with us for a couple of more weekends. We'll keep you updated and if you'd like to come and see him before he leaves, now's your chance!