First Baby Orangutan Born Using Fertility Treatment

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Orangutan populations in the wild are reportedly in decline, leading experts to explore possible methods for conservation. The first baby orangutan to be conceived using assisted reproduction was born at the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut last month.

Orangutan populations in the wild are reportedly in decline, leading experts to explore possible methods for conservation.

The first baby orangutan to be conceived using assisted reproduction was born at the Leo Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut in May.

Scientists have been trying unsuccessfully to use this method to impregnate orangutans for years, in an effort to diversify the genetics of zoo populations.

The successful birth and integration of the male baby orangutan into the zoo population gives hope for other endangered species to make a comeback using the assisted method of fertility, which is similar to artificial insemination

Following up on the success of the first baby orangutan born using natural cycle intrauterine insemination, there is already a second orangutan that has been impregnated using the same kind of assisted reproduction.

Marcella Leone, the director of the conservation center is quoted as saying: “We are proud to contribute to the continued existence of this gentle, intelligent species. The science here could redefine the ways conservationists and scientists approach wildlife preservation in the future.”

They still haven’t named the first baby orangutan yet, and are asking for help from the public.

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