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Lingga awhile and see the latest arrival

Daily Echo

ORPHANED orang-utan Lingga is the latest arrival at Monkey World and she has already been welcomed into a new family. The two-year-old, who was brought over from Parisian zoo Menagerie de Jardin Des Plantes, is settling in well at the Wool sanctuary's orang-utan crèche' - where orphaned orang-utans from across Europe are raised together. She was rejected by her mother as a baby, and keepers at the French zoo tried for two years to reintegrate her with adult orang-utans without success. But, following her arrival at Monkey World on July 22, she is already settling in well alongside Joly, a young female from Russia, Aris, a male from Germany and two other orang-utans born at Monkey World - all under the care of adoptive super-mum A-mei. Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin said: "She's been living with other orang-utans pretty much since she came back. "She's gone from being an orphan looked after by humans to being part of an adoptive family with a mother, three sisters and a brother. advertisement "She's doing very well." She added: "She's fairly quiet, but she's quite stubborn." "She has a strong temperament - she won't take any rubbish from the others." Lingga is the third baby orang-utan to be brought in under the crèche' project, set up through the European Breeding Programme, and the first new overseas arrival since Joly was flow in from Russia just over a year ago. Alison said: "We're always very excited about newcomers at the park. "It just means we have to get our heads down and make sure she integrates with the group properly. "She is still only a tiny infant weighing seven kilos." Monkey World is leading the way in the preservation and breeding of endangered primates, including orang-utans, which are on the brink of extinction. Alison added: "We are trying to ensure the captive orang-tans grow up in as natural a setting as possible so they become healthy parents themselves one day."

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