Como Zoo unveils baby orangutan, public asked to vote for name

The Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minn. will be unveiling its new baby orangutan to the public today, Feb. 5. Markisa, a 28 year-old Sumatran Orangutan, gave birth to the female orangutan on Jan. 7 at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.

While the naming contest for the newborn continues until Feb. 16, the community will now have the opportunity to put a name with the face.

The public is encouraged to choose the baby orangutan's name by donating money as a way of voting for their favorite -- the 3 name choices are:

Aanjay (pronounced On-jay) meaning unconquerable

Cinta (pronounced Chin-tah) meaning love

Kemala (pronounced Key-mala) meaning magic stone

Voting can be done in person at the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Visitor Center or by visiting https://www.givemn.org/organization/Como-Friends

The Como Zoo will be revealing the winning name for the baby orangutan on Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.


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