By Kristiana Hall
These are the adorable pictures of a baby orangutan being born at Twycross Zoo.
The critically-endangered Bornean orangutan baby, is the first great ape baby to be born at the Leicestershire visitor attraction this year.
It’s part of a crucial programme to conserve the iconic orangutan species which faces an uncertain future in the wild.
The baby, born on March 27, is in the safe hands of experienced and attentive mum Maliku, who came to Twycross Zoo with her mother, Kibriah, in 1996.
Dr Charlotte Macdonald, Director of Life Sciences says, “We are thrilled by this new baby because orangutans reproduce more slowly than other ape species, which hinders the recovery of the species in the wild.
“Maliku is a great mother, she has done very well looking after her first two infants and we have no doubt that this baby will have all it needs to grow up into a healthy orangutan.
“I hope that this birth will help us highlight the plight of orangutans in the wild and that with the support of the public who visit us we can continue to work to ensure a better future for this precious species.”