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Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

After months of tender loving care and sleepless nights, a team of 50 trained Houston Zoo care givers who have been hand-raising baby orangutan Aurora, achieved its ultimate goal – Aurora’s ‘adoption’ by the Zoo’s experienced surrogate orangutan mom Cheyenne.    Aurora was born on March 2 of 2011. After the first 12 hours, birth mom Kelly abandoned the infant and refused repeated attempts by zoo staff to return the baby to her. Concerned for Aurora’s welfare, the primate care team made the

Ten month old Aurora and her surrogate mom Cheyenne enjoy a quiet moment in the orangutan habitat at the Houston Zoo's Wortham World of Primates.

Also in the life raft was Orange Juice, an orangutan, until Richard Parker, the tiger, ate him. Tyler Hanson

Also in the life raft was Orange Juice, an orangutan, until Richard Parker, the tiger, ate him.

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