World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies aged 62

Ismael LynchJun 22, 2018

"To arrive at Perth Zoo from the Sultan of Jahore's private zoo, in 1968, would have been quite the journey for her".

Perth Zoo also posted an emotional video on their Twitter page, where Primate Supervisor Holly Thompson described Puan's death as "calm and relaxed".

Puan, the world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, who had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, zoo officials said on June 19, 2018.

"She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species, so I am very proud of the level of care given to Puan throughout her years, but importantly in her final days", Thompson said. "She was the founding female of the best breeding colony in the world".

With 54 descendants - 29 of which are still living - Puan's genetics count for just under 10 percent of the global captive population of orangutans.

In 2016, the animal is officially recognized as the oldest orangutan in the world and has brought in the Guinness Book of records.

According to the zoo, in rare case orangutans of her species reach age 50 in the wild.

Hart said even after her movement had slowed and her mind began to wonder, Puan remained the "quiet, dignified lady she had always been".

"As hard as it was for us, it was the right thing to do", Martina Hart added.

For her keepers, Puan's importance went beyond just awards and statistics.

"She was a attractive independent lady whose legacy is unparalleled".

Puan's zookeeper said she was an aloof and independent individual.

At the Perth Zoo, Puan leaves behind two daughters, four grandchildren and a great grandson.

In a eulogy indeed fit for a "grand old lady", a zookeeper has paid tribute to the world's oldest Sumatran orangutan.

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