Saint Louis Zoo Party for Mama Orangutan ‘Merah’

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis zoo is gearing up for a special birthday celebration. Their female Orangutan Merah turns 50- years- old Monday!

The big party for zoo visitors will be June 1 starting at 9: 30 a.m.

Merah was born on May 13, 1969, at a zoo in the Netherlands, and made her way to  St. Louis in 1992 from the Miami Metro Zoo. Merah lives in the “Fragile Forest” at the zoo with daughters Rubih and Ginger and Ginger’s father Cinta.

Merah is an excellent mother, according to the great ape care staff. Orangutan infants have a lot to learn from their mothers and are dependent upon them for up to 6 to 8 years.

Orangutans are on the endangered species list because of an alarming rate of habitat loss.

For more information visit

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.


Latest News

More News