The birth of Ember the Bornean orangutan in October has sparked much excitement for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the many staff members and zoo visitors. Her mother, Hadiah has been a very successful mom.
Before Ember was born Hadiah went through much training to learn how to care for her new baby. Ember is only about three months old and will stay with her mother for eight years out of her 40 year lifespan. Eventually, after the eight or more years at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo are over Ember could be transferred to another zoo or stay with her mother at CMZ.
At 11:27 PM on October 29, 2014, a baby orangutan was born. After birth Ember’s mother, Hadiah struggled with learning the natural behaviors for raising young.
Though she had been trained by her keepers her training was not paying off. After several days the keepers had to take Ember away from Hadiah and bottle feed and care for her.
Following two weeks with the keepers, Ember was swaddled and put into a bucket for Hadiah to carry around. After an hour of carrying “Bucket” (Ember’s name at the time), Hadiah accidently dropped the bucket and out fell the baby orangutan.
As she rolled out of the bucket “Bucket” started to cry and all Hadiah could do was pick her up. Since then Hadiah and Ember have been latched together like two peas in a pod.
Bucket was then named Ember, which is bucket in Indonesian.
Go see Ember and her mother at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only mountain zoo in the country and is funded only by ticket sales and private donors. Visiting the zoo is a fun day trip and is a short drive from Denver. You can help save orangutans by visiting the CMZ website (www.cmzoo.org) to learn more about conserving Ember’s native homeland with the choices you make every day.