The Como Zoo’s newest — and so far nameless — baby orangutan made its first appearance before the public Thursday. The baby, joined by her mother, Markisha, was scheduled to be out and about in the zoo’s primate building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The zoo announced last month that the public can help choose the newborn orangutan’s name. Zoo visitors can vote for their favorite Indonesian name — the finalists are Aanjay (unconquerable), Cinta (love) and Kemala (magic stone) — by dropping money into the box matching that name, or you can pick a name online with a minimum donation of $10.
The female orangutan, born Jan. 7, will be at a baby shower the zoo is hosting to celebrate the new arrival, along with two baby zebras and a baby giraffe, Feb. 14-16. The orangutan’s name will be revealed on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., according to a news release from the zoo.
The zoo is partnering with Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, an organization that works to end child abuse, for the shower and is asking visitors to donate the following items, unused, for the crisis nursery: children’s shoes or sandals, boys’ pants or shorts, children’s toothbrushes, Kleenex, office copier paper, dry-erase markers (fine or medium point) and AA and AAA batteries.