Help name the baby orangutan at the Phoenix Zoo

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Zoo's youngest resident needs some help with his new name. So the zoo is asking for the public's help choosing a name for the nearly two-month-old baby boy orangutan.

Votes can be cast online at Voters can choose from five pre-selected names, chosen by zoo staff. Those names are:

-Abadi - meaning enduring
-Duke - honoring his grandmother Duchess
-Jantung - meaning heart
-Jiwa - meaning soul
-Warisan - meaning legacy

The baby, born September 2, 2014 to mother Bess and father Michael, is doing well and thriving at the zoo. The voting period will run from Tuesday, October 28 through Thursday, November 6 at 8 p.m.

Votes will then be tallied and the winning name will be revealed at a baby shower for Bess and the newborn on Saturday, November 8.  from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Visitors can leave their wishes for the baby and family, learn interesting facts about Bornean orangutans, and watch as Bess reveals the baby's name at 10 a.m. All activities are included with general admission into the zoo.

Vote here through Nov. 6:

The Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ
(602) 273-1341 ‎

About Bornean Orangutans
Bornean orangutan are listed as 'Endangered' and  scientists estimate that wild orangutans could be extinct in 5-10 years if their forest habitat continues to be destroyed at the current rate. Forests in Borneo and Sumatra are being destroyed for lumber and to produce palm oil, which is used in countless snack foods, household cleaning supplies and cosmetics. The Phoenix Zoo contributes to Bornean orangutan conservation efforts through the Phoenix Zoo Conservation & Science Grants Program, specifically working with HUTAN, to provide assistance for reforestation of protected areas for orangutans and supporting monitoring and protection of orangutans in the wild.  
You can help reduce demand for unsustainably harvested palm oil by purchasing products that use certified sustainable palm oil and by supporting the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

About the Phoenix Zoo
The Phoenix Zoo is the only zoo in the Valley accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is a non-profit zoological park, serving 1.4 million guests annually. Home to more than 1,400 animals and many endangered and threatened species, the Zoo provides experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world. For information on upcoming events, exhibits and activities at the Phoenix Zoo, visit