Brookfield Zoo’s Bornean Orangutan Turns 51

This is the oldest orangutan in North America

By Ngozi Agomo
|  Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 1:50 PM CDT
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Maggie turned 51 on Thursday, making her the oldest Orangutan in captivity in North America.

Maggie turned 51 on Thursday, making her the oldest Orangutan in captivity in North America.

Brookfield Zoo’s Bornean orangutan celebrated her 51th birthday Wednesday.

Maggie born in 1961 at the San Diego Zoo is the oldest of her kind living in a North American Zoo.

Maggie has had some memorable moments while in Brookfield Zoo. In 1996 she served as a surrogate mother to a male infant. Eight years later she underwent an extreme makeover losing 90 pounds after being diagnosed with a hypothyroid condition in 2004.

Today Maggie is slim and playful and you can she her on exhibit during the afternoons at Brookfield Zoo.
 

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