Sad news coming out from Singapore Zoo. The celebrity orang utan Ah Meng has died yesterday because of old age. Singapore (and the world) will miss you Ah Meng and the zoo will never be the same without you. Rest in peace my dear primate. From Reuters:
Singapore Zoo will hold a special memorial on Sunday as a tribute to the orangutan, a star at the zoo for the past quarter-century after the "breakfast with Ah Meng" programme was launched, the zoo said in a statement.(Photo above by Flickr user Leon Huang)
"She has touched the hearts of everyone who has met her and contributed immensely in helping promote awareness of how each and every one of us can play a role in anti-poaching, anti-deforestation and conservation matters," said Fanny Lai, group chief executive of Wildlife Reserves Singapore...
She leaves behind two sons and two daughters, as well as six grandchildren. In human terms, she was 95 when she died. As a tribute to Ah Meng, the next newborn orangutan at the Zoo will be named Ah Meng Junior, the Singapore Zoo said.