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The Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens
P.O. Box 74
Parkville, Victoria, 3052
Telephone (03) 347 1522
The Sir Colin MacKenzie Zoological Park
Badger Creek Road,
P.O. Box 248
Healesville, Victoria, 3777
Telephone (059) 62 4022
Werribee Zoological Park
P.O. Box 274
Werribee, Victoria, 3030
Telephone (03) 741 2444
FROM ONE SET OF TWINS TO ANOTHER......
The Royal Melbourne Zoological Garden's two very special inhabitants the twin Orang Utans 'Bono' and 'Suma' celebrate their seventh birthday on Monday, June 24, 1985. At 10:30 a.m. on this day Telecom Australia, the proud sponsors of the twins, will provide a special birthday treat - a large birthday cake filled with fruit and featuring the Telecom logo. The Melbourne Zoo acknowledges the generous support support of Telecom Australia with out Orang Utan Exhibit. The sponsorship commenced in 1984 to coincide with the then "new look" two volume 1984 Melbourne White Pages telephone directory which featured the Orang Utans on one of the covers.
Our twins are one of only five sets of twin Orang Utans in captivity. The Orang Utan or 'person of the forest' is the only great ape outside Africa. They once ranged throughout South-East Asia but today are found only in tropical rain-forests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
'Bono' and 'Suma' were fraught with traumas soon after their birth as mum 'Olga' became extremely ill so the twins were hand-reared by a team from the Zoo's Animal Husbandry staff. Unfortunately mum has since died but their foster mum 'Girlie' keeps a keen eye on the energetic duo.
Today the twins are a delight to watch. Just like real acrobats they grip their playing rope with all four limbs. Their weight is borne by exceptionally long and powerful arms and they are often seen hanging by both feet and one hand as they reach out with the other.
'Bono' and 'Suma's' diet consists of a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as boiled chicken, eggs and a specially prepared primate cake with many vitamins and minerals. 'Suma' is losing her milk teeth and the male 'Bono' should soon follow.
Visitors to the Melbourne Zoo have the opportunity to view the Orang Utans in their exhibit at 10:30 a.m. on June 24th when they are presented with their cake.
For further information contact Wendy Greiner, Public Relations Co-Ordinator on 347-1522
Photography courtesy of Gary Lewis