Phoenix Zoo celebrates the life of orangutan Duchess

Posted: Updated:
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Zoo paid tribute to one of their most popular animals this weekend.

A celebration of life for Duchess the orangutan took place on Saturday, with guests stopping by to pay their respects and leave a photo or two of Duchess.

“Duchess was definitely one of the most unique orangutans to ever exist here in this world. I always loved coming to watch her. She was absolutely amazing,” said teen volunteer Max Beall.

Duchess first arrived at the Phoenix Zoo back in 1962. At 52-years-old she was the oldest Bornean orangutan in the world.

Duchess was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma, which is an aggressive form of cancer, in early June. She eventually lost her battle with the disease on June 24.

Duchess’ daughter and granddaughter still reside at the Phoenix Zoo.