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Zoo Atlanta names baby orangutan, gorilla

10:17 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Two of the newest arrivals at Zoo Atlanta now have names.

The baby gorilla born Mar. 14 was named Andi in honor of Andy Pachman, the late husband of Zoo Atlanta primate research director Dr. Tara Stoinski. Pachman died Mar. 9 after a battle with cancer.

Sumatran orangutan Blaze gave birth on Jan. 10. Her baby was named Pongo by Catherine Carlos, whose father Chris is a longtime supporter of the zoo. Naming the baby orangutan was Catherine's 12th birthday gift. "Pongo" is the first word in the scientific names of both orangutan species.

"Both of these newborn great apes are lights in the lives of the Zoo Atlanta family and invaluable public ambassadors for two critically endangered species," Zoo Atlanta president and CEO Raymond King said in a statement. "We're pleased and proud for them to carry names that suggest not only hope for their species, but also meaningful reminders that individuals are capable of enormous positive change for wildlife and their habitats."

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