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Kiani's going undercover

12 June 2014

In this month’s animal profile we meet Kiani (Suma), Melbourne Zoo’s 35 year old orang-utan and star of the upcoming Go Undercover winter program.

Kiani was born at Melbourne Zoo on 24 June, 1978 and has a twin Bono, who lives at an overseas zoo. The twins were officially named Suma and Bono, in reference to Sumatra and Borneo, the last two places where orang-utans still survive in the wild.

Kiani spends her days with her daughter Gabby (Kamil) and the young male Malu (Menyaru). She is dominant over both of them but is happy to have rough wrestling sessions with Malu.

She is a very dominate animal and always ensures she has first pick of the food and enrichment items. She also loves all the attention she receives and is seen frequently interacting with visitors through the windows at Melbourne Zoo’s Orang-utan Sanctuary.

Orang-utans are highly intelligent animals and Kiani enjoys working with her keepers, she will even mimic keepers’ behaviour if she ever gets her hands on cleaning tools.

Like all orang-utans, Kiani eats a wide range of fruit and vegies but her favourite items are sweet fruits like mangos which keepers give her as a reward.

The Sumatran Orang-utan is critically endangered in the wild. The single greatest threat to the future of this species is the loss of rainforest habitat due to the production of uncertified palm oil.

You can help this species by visiting our Zoopermarket today!